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The achievements of African tribal art fascinated many European artists and collectors in the 20th century. From André Breton to Picasso, all were seized with a buying fever that quickly spread in the middle. If these sculptures are more of an artistic dimension for Westerners, it is nevertheless through their ritual sacralisation that they reveal themselves for the African peoples. Their ceremonial role confers on them a unique power that distinguishes them from other forms of ethnic art. These works were acquired (sold or offered by natives) throughout the twentieth century by ethnologists on mission or colonial cooperatives to be exhibited in museums, or integrated into prestigious private collections. This is the story of these pieces that we propose to discover through our gallery and our website.

Vase Cuba
African art > Usual african items > Kuba cup

Plenty of decorative sculptures in African art kuba
Supported by a cove and two female cariatid figures established on a circular base, the cut is engraved with geometric decorative motifs borrowed from the scarifications, also taken up on the textiles in raphia shoowa. The frieze imbolo , composed of intertwined lines, garnishes the edges of the cup. Various forms of cups were carved, the adornment of which sought to glorify the qualities of their owners. Matte patina abraded.
The highly organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed a king or nyim in its centre inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. ...


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Statue OviMbundu
African art > African Statues > Statue Ovimbundu

Beneath the oily brownish coat, this statue probably, despite the similarities with the sculpture Tabwa , a young woman OviMbundu , was made in a light wood. The unique scarifications lie in the circular patterns on the cheeks, which are seen on some masks of the neighbouring Chokwe. These statues were associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory, the large braided hairstyle evoking that, fashioned with oil and red ochre, of the girls nyaneka as a result of the ritual efuko. Barely satin skate, sparse abrasions. Desication cracks. It is on the Benguéla plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu, composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. Forming the largest ethnic group in Angola, they belong to Bantu speakers, such as the ...


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Guéré Mask
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African art > African mask > Guéré Mask

The African mask Guéré is known to be a complex piece in terms of both shapes and materials.

Before the 1960s, masks, whose elaboration was inspired by the visits of spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dance, singing, hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the dancer's lineage. The mass of the forehead decorated with a wool pad from which exceeds a sheep's horn is formed here in a visor, opposing the globular and cylindrical volumes of the two pairs of eyes. At the top, a skin, fixed by upholstery nails, is stretched on the wool. The mouth offers disparate metal teeth. The peripheral ornament consists of amulets in the form of balls, fangs and pouches filled with magic ingredients. If ...


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Nshak Etoffe, Ncak, Nsueha Bushoong
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African art > African Textile > Velours Cuba

Prestigious fabrics among the objects of African art Kuba
Products in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the weaving technique to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who softened the fibers of young ...

Luba / Hemba comb
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African art > Usual african items > Luba comb

African art and figuratively patterned combs from Central Africa
African tribal art proves once again that any everyday object can become an artistic medium. The decorative aspect of an object is never its intrinsic function. In African art, everyday objects can be transformed into a masterpiece while maintaining its usefulness.
The major role played by women in the political life of the kingdom is illustrated by the recurrence of the female motif in Luba art. The latter, which stood out for its prestige and quality, therefore greatly influenced the neighbouring groups. A female ancestor figure forms the handle of this comb shared in fourteen teeth.
The effigy is depicted with a straight back, legs bent, belly bulging forward. Hands are placed on the breasts, a symbolic ...


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Seated - Bamileke beaded royal table
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African art > African Chair > Tabouret Bamileke

African art and Bamileke royal ceremonies.

This seat or prestige table, with a circular seat, was intended for the digesters of the king's entourage. Its walls are decorated with carved motifs evoking snakes. It was also used as a support for large figures covered with beads. The piece is set with thousands of pearls and cauris whose colors refer to the chiefdoms.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to transform into an animal such ...

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Masque facial Markha
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African art > African mask > Markha Mask

In African art, the Marka, Maraka en Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, established in southern Niger, scattered since the end of Ghana's empire in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. They now speak bamana and have adopted much of the Bambara traditions, such as Ntomo and Koré , initiation societies that used masks during their ceremonies. Sculptors of African art Bambara and Marka are part of the Numuw , who are not linked to an ethnic group and are free to settle wherethey wish.
This long-faced mask has a straight nasal ridge overlooking a narrow, prominent mouth. A spiked chin extends the jaw. Ears and summit crest are embellished with pearls adorned with cotton fiber pompoms. Metal sheets, incised with parallel lines and punctuated with dotted ...


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Ancestor Chokwe s figure
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African art > African Statues > Ancestor Chokwe's figure

The figure, with oversized palms and feet, wears a finned wing cap, chipangula.

This effigy in tribute to Chibinda Ilunga, mythical ancestor of the Chokwe ethnic group, is represented alternately in a sitting position, legs in tailor, or standing. The dignitaries presented themselves cross-legged, as confirmed by an African proverb: The former sitting cross-legged wants to be greeted with respect". By referring to the circle of his crossed legs, the chief conveys the blessings of a life in complete orbit. The gesture Kongo. Ed. Dapper Museum He claps his hands as a sign of welcome, and to signify his interest in a subject of importance. Smooth smooth patina. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the lunda empire from ...


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Rider Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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African art > African bronze > Rider Sao

Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture is, for the Sao, a talisman supposed to protect them from madness. It is therefore worn at all times. The genius who would possess the madman is represented by the rider, the horse appearing the victim. This minimalist rider straddles an equid that was a rare attribute of prestige in these sahel regions. Accompanied by a metal base. Copper golden patina. The Sao, ancestors of the Kotokos, were established between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area stretching along the borders between Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria. They settled on hills, allowing them to repel the invaders. Lost wax cast iron was already commonly practiced as early as the 12th century by this African ethnic group, which ...

Kasai Kuba Shoowa Velvet
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African art > African Textile > Textile Cuba

The African art and refinement of the weaving KubaProducts in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the ...


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Kasai Kuba Shoowa Velvet
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African art > African Textile > Textile Cuba

The African art and refinement of the weaving KubaProducts in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the ...


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Kasai Kuba Shoowa Velvet
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African art > African Textile > Velours Cuba

The African art and refinement of the Weaving KubaProducts in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the ...


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Lega introductory male statuette
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African art > African Statues > League Statues

Ex-French African art collection.
Camped on massive and crenellated lower limbs, this figure, among the great diversity of Bwami's initiation objects, illustrates a proverb or saying that the aspirant to the higher rank of Bwami society will have to decipher. She is distinguished by her geometric close-up eyes in a small ovoid head on which her hands are placed. Oiled surface, smooth, some asperities and cracks.
African art of Lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest bwami officers of different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami , a secret society admitting men and their ...

Dogon ceremonial hair pin
African art > African bronze > Dogon Pin

African art collection put up for sale by Jan Putteneers.
This dogon sculpture, a traditional figurative jewel, adorned with a zoomorphic subject, accompanied the ceremonial dress of religious leaders, hogon, responsible for the cult of the lebe, mythical snake, and priests of the Binou. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the interior delta region of Niger, with copper being made possible through trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived. In yellow copper alloy, this element of dogon tribal adornment has acquired a beautiful golden patina. Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called rim . They now produce weapons, ...


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Gelede Yoruba Nago Mask
African art > African mask > Gelede Yoruba Nago Mask

African Masks Gélédé are dedicated to elderly women or mothers who can no longer conceive and are reputed to have both beneficent virtues, promoting fertility, and other harmful, such as witchcraft.

During rigorously organized ceremonies, each dancer embodies the deity or the personage designated by the mask he wears. This "appropriation" is not without danger, so prayers are pronounced and medicines are prepared for masked dancers. Although Gèlèdè and Égun are both Yoruba or Nago masks, they should never meet on the same stage, the same dance floor. There is no hostility or antagonism between them, but it is not good that they cross each other. On a common cultural background, they belong to two different realities. In a gelled ceremony in which several masks come out, ...


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Bronze Benin Dignitary
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African art > African Statues > Benin Statue

The fine execution of the details is representative of the work of excellence, in African art, of the craftsmen-blacksmiths of the benign court. This figure depicted on a cubic basis would be one of the heads of the palace, richly clothed dignitary identifiable by his ceremonial sword, or eben . He was responsible for accompanying the Oba, the king, during the palace ceremonies. The chiefs performed dances in which they threw their swords, but the task of picking them up fell to the guild Avbiogbe . The Oba also carried a ceremonial sword with which he greeted his ancestors during ceremonial rituals. The most prestigious sword, the Ada , was reserved for the chiefs of higher rank, the Omada . Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of ...


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Mende Bundu Sowei hem mask
African art > African mask > Mende Mask

In African tribal art, sowei are an idealized representation of female beauty seen through The Mende culture.They embody aquatic minds. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in Mendé. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the upper half. The features are concentrated closely in the lower part, which is engulfed in a neck where the folds symbolizing prosperity evoke an abundance of flesh.
At the top, a sculpture of a woman whose hairstyle, gathered in a thick braid, wraps around the head of the mask until it ends on the posterior part in a mermaid tail. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Desication crack.
Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west ...


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Large mask Kuba Mulwalwa
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African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

Br-African early arts at "the lightning people".The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled today by a king. It is the most prolific group in Western Kasai. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or " lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies remained an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the roi.br / The Mulwalwa mask is used in male initiation rites in the south of the Kuba region and embodies a spirit of nature, a ngesh controlling, in the eyes of the Kuba, fertility and fertility. A similar copy is listed at the Museum of Ethnology in Berlin.
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Ancestor statue Hemba Singiti
African art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Sporting an angular profile, this figure of ancestor, intermediate between men and gods, is characterized by the serenity of its appearance, its broad head, and its position expressing a certain assurance camped on reduced legs, massive, including the oversized feet rest on a pedestal. A tiara engraved with alternating parallel lines delimits the shaved skull. The traditional sophisticated hairstyle, oiled and sprayed with red powder, then mounted on a raffia base, was arranged at the back as a cruciform element. The face is decorated with a crenellated V-beard, evoking the wisdom and experience of the forefather. Usually made in iroko, these ritual sculptures were venerated by a particular clan and stored in burial rooms in the chief's house. Oiled and velvety brown patina, locally ...


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Ncak Etoffe, Nshak, Kuba Bushoong
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African art > African Textile > Velours Cuba

Prestigious fabrics among the objects of African art Kuba
Products in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the weaving technique to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who softened the fibers of young ...

Baga Nimba Little Mask
African art > African mask > Demba Mask

Ex-collection french tribal art.
Baga religious practices and African art. Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in flooded swamp regions six months a year. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku , which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. The face of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, an incised hair that divides a ridge. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. Real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in baga language), it represents the nurturing ...


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