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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.

Maternity figure Phemba Yombé
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African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

African art and naturalistic sculptures of the Kongo peoples
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious laughs through fetishes carved nkondo nkisi.
This figure of a woman with an altier port, seated in a suit, embodies the mythical ancestor presumably associated with the cults of fertility. His body is incised with many carefully entangled scarifications. These cuts, made using needles, knives and razors, were then sprayed with coal or ash to accelerate healing and form salient patterns. The command stick, the dignitary cap, the jewels, underline its social status. The glass gaze, a mark of foresight, reflects his access to the realm of spirits and divination. Slight ...

Zamblé Gouro Mask
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African art > African mask > Guro Mask

This African mask, sacred and not able to be seen by women, offering a whimsical combination of different zoomorphic elements, is the Zamblé , mythical male hero. Its "museau " ends here in a curved beak, framed by a geometric toothed jaw. At the top, between ram horns, totembirds face each other forming a stylized decorative element. Multicolored lacing. Matte black skate.
Among the group of Mande of the south, in the centre of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in bloodcuts, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations African tribal art. As early as 1906, the French settlers changed their name "Kwéni" to "Gouro". Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the ...


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Baule loom pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Etrier Baoulé

Everyday aesthetics for African art in Côte d'Ivoire. In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors.
The cotton weaving technique has spread to West Africa thanks to the displacements of the Dioulas. Prior to colonization, cotton-fibre textiles, the latter described as " white gold", were also used as a bargaining chip. Prestigious adornments, the woven ceremonial loincloths, sometimes in large numbers, accompanied the chefs in their tomb, among the Kuba, but also among the Baoulé.
This is a cephalomorphic smooth pulley stirrup. Delicately chiseled with diamonds, the piece is surmounted by a face imbued with a character of serene ...


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Blind Lega Mask
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African art > African mask > Masque League

Large, blind concave orbits distinguish this African mask from the Lega, the latter being supposed to determine the stage of the Bwami to which its holder has reached. No superfluous detail enhances this morphology in which only the mouth placed at the end of the chin is evoked by a fine incision. A raffia beard (35 cm), very dense, embellishes the room, recalling the power and wisdom of the ancients. Unlike most masked traditions of African art, Lega women can also handle and wear masks, but the man remains the holder. According to Biebuyck, the blind mask is attached to a proverb about the vision of the heart, preferable to the perception of the visible. According to S.Diakonoff, however, this was a threat to reveal the secret of Bwami's insiders.
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Statue Metoko
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African art > African Statues > Statue Metoko

The stylized African art of the forest tribes
This figure Metoko has been cut into volumes at sharp angles, the characteristics akin to The ngola sculptures. A geometric head with prominent orbits, hands in cubes digitized on either side of the oversized sex. The notched bust echoes the edges of the shoulders, buttocks and knees. The feet sink into a circular base. Cracks. Velvet grey patina, kaolin residue. This male cult effigy is from the Metoko and Lengola, located in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, rare monotheism in Africa. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami of Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the ...


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Tambour Cuba
African art > Djembe TamTam > Tambour Cuba

The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of decorative art objects created for members of the high ranks of their society: cups and drinking horns, baskets, weapons, neck rests, chairs, masks and statues. These items were also offered to passing visitors. The Leus live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs.
Their musical instruments, among which there are various carved drum forms, accompanied the masked dances or funeral ceremonies of the initiation societies. Decorated with zoomorphic figurative motifs evoking forest animals, this drum set on a flared base is also equipped with a handle adorned with a face extended with one hand. Held by small ...


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Luba Lupona caryatide seat
African art > _1 > Tabouret Luba

Tribal art collection put up for sale by Jan Putteneers.

Adland of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art.
This female effigy of an ancestor, "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts) supports with his fingers fanned the circular tray resting on his cylindrical headdress. The protruding scarifications in the ear converging towards the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, testify to notions of fertility. This stool named lupona, or kioni, kipona, kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually intermingle past and present . It once ...


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Fertility statue Ashanti
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African art > African Statues > Statue Ashanti

In the African art of the Ashanti, maternity figures called esi mansa adorn the royal or family altars. They often represent a woman breastfeeding her child. This unusual figure, however, adopts the features of fertility dolls akuaba with a flat, circular face. The friezes in losangic motifs bordering the room also evoke the decorative elements of the masks of the neighbouring Baoulé, as well as the joint eyebrows marked with a central scarification. The neck here is wrapped in ropes. Wide shoulders forming a bow extend with fists gripping blackened curdcurls. A circular lozenge accentuates the umbilical under the reduced breasts, in tip. The flexing of the legs, like the general attitude, make up a dynamic giving the illusion of a ritual dance movement. Surface particularly satin, ...


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Masque facial Kwele, Bakwele
African art > African mask > Bakwele Mask

A longitudinal ridge shares this board, oval mask with three pairs of crescent arched eyes, the central pair of which is incised for vision. It forms a stylized, abstract variant of the mask at "trompe". The dark patina is chipped, shards of wood are to be noted. These gabonese masks with a concave face, in the heart, have almond eyes and a triangular nose. Depending on the presence of horns and their arrangement, the masks referring to the antelope are called pipibudze, Ekuku zokou, etc. and are associated with ancestors or forest spirits. Tribe of the Kota group, the Kwélé , Bakwélé , live in forest on the northern border of the Republic of Congo. They live on hunting, agriculture and metallurgy. Practicing the cult called Bwété borrowed from the Ngwyes, which was accompanied by ...


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Bwa Mask
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African art > African mask > Bwa Mask

Comprising elements of the nawantante mask, Luruya and Hombo, this tribal mask, covered with a crumbly libation bitumen, adopts a circular face from which a bill, probably that of the hornbill, appears: circular perforations as eyes, a thin one. smiling mouth, the perimeter engraved with parallel grooves form the lower part of the object. The top is divided into three vertical appendages in the center of which a form doubles as croissants. This mask is the embodiment of supernatural forces beneficial to his clan, the motifs with which it is adorned, relate to the myths and god Do. Over the initiatory degrees of the individual, the reading of these symbols will be enriched Population established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and in Mali, the Bwa are divided into three ...


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Igbo Women s Mask
African art > African mask > Igbo Mask

Variation of the girl masks, this copy where the bichromy participates in the expressive force is surmounted by a female figure depicted sitting on a stool. Wearing a curved crest, the figure shows the Cheloid scars and tattoos ichi and the necklaces and bracelets of dignitaries. The mask has cut teeth, a criterion for the beauty of igbo women, and characteristic facial marks. Desisicaiton cracks, abrasions. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the most important social unit, the smallest being the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is placed under the authority of the ...


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Spoon Wakémia of Dan
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African art > Spoon > Spoon Dan

The usual objects in African art.
Figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle represents a female body in a dynamic attitude. It relies on legs with curved muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by large digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are inscribed on the whole body. The column bust is arched. Dark, lapped skate. Around the eroded spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, ...


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Spoon Dan Wakemia
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African art > Usual african items > Spoon Dan

The usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". As in many cases, this spoon features a handle featuring a female body with curved muscles, adorned with traditional body scarifications. Erosions on the upper edge. Light brown, grainy skate.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For ...


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Spoon Dan Wakemia
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African art > Usual african items > Spoon Dan

The usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". As in many cases, this spoon has an anthropomorphic handle, here a female body with curved muscles, established on large digitized feet, bearing traditional body scarifications. Brown, shiny patina. For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For ...


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Maternity figure Kongo Yombé Pfemba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Pfemba

African ritual objects have various appearances, such as this tribal sculpture of the Kongo , where a seated female effigy breastfeeds a child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediator figure, as evidenced by the losangic scarifications of the bust. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with this type of losangic motif pattern in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth shows off traditionally lined teeth, and wide-eyed, underline the grandfather's ability to perceive the afterlife, to discern hidden things. This type of statuette also adorned the top of the prestige canes, mwala . Satin patina with warm highlights. Fissures.Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the southwestern ...

Songye Fetish
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Songye

The fetishes in the African art of Songye.Magic sculpture named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), it is a protective fetish of the Songye, hybrid character with owl face, symbolizing the powers of witchcraft. The streaks of the face recall the appearance of the Mask Kifwebe of Luba and Songye. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence, a witness to lineage. This type of object deemed dangerous was manipulated by iron rods inserted under the arms of the sculpture. Abraded brown skate. These housing protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. They could not be touched directly, which is why they were held with rods. Nkishi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, ...


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Bronze Dogon Rider
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African art > African bronze > Statue Dogon

Image of the rider in The African Art Dogon
This rider figure would represent a Dogon warrior with his spear. The stylized horse is pitched up and has stretched legs. The sculpture is provided with many details, executed meticulously, such as engraved decorative motifs. Ex. collection of the painter 'a href'"http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href-U'0022https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/"-Ruth Schgst , a gandher artist. The frequent representations of a rider, among the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest ...


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Sacred Writing Luba Lukasa
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African art > Usual african items > Statue Luba

A plateau on which different beads are inserted on either side of a line composed of four small conical reliefs, all forming a drawing evoking a proverb or a mnemonic code associated with the myths and origins of Luba royalty. This object allowed followers of the Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of the migrations of the clan, etc.
The head of a graceful neck is capped with a quad-lobed bun that develops behind a large checkered headband, which would symbolize the directions of the universe and the meeting place of spirits. A primordial symbol of wisdom and spiritual life, the head is a recurring image in the iconography of African peoples, especially since it is presented here with a hair ...


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Biteki Bembe, Béembé figure
African art > African Statues > Bembe figure

Ex-collection French tribal art.
Beembé are appreciated in African art for the care and finishing of ancestor sculptures for fertility and healing rituals.
Figure male, legs spread half-flexed, with wide feet, which would be represented in the dance position. Intricate lyeloid tattoos are drawn in relief from the chest to the pubis. These scarifications bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which an individual has been subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, almond eyes are encrusted with light wood. Polished surface with a mahogany and brown patina. Lack on one of the feet. Black wooden base extra on request. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group north of Lake ...


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Zoomorphic figure Boulou
African art > African Statues > Boulou Monkey

Expressiveness of zoomorphic statues in African art.

Incarnaated the spirit of a great ape, this massive figure with rounded shapes, the head pressed into arched shoulders, has a dorsal cavity with two orifices that could have facilitated its transport or exhibition during ceremonies Ritual. Red pigments accentuate certain facial details. Sunk under the cranial box, protruding eyeballs are coated with white clay. The irregular surface of the sculpture offers a heterogeneous matte patina with desication cracks.
The Boulou , an ethnic group of Fang, live between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest near the Bakwele whose customs and customs are comparable. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon with white masks of justice, the Boulou also used the Ngil ritual to ...


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Fertility statue Agni
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African art > African Statues > Agni figure

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Agni sculptor, a subgroup of the rich and famous Akan people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, is a work of a sculptor of the Agni ethnic group, a subgroup of the famous Akan people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, this polychrome African statue comes from the vast collection of African tribal art by Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay Group, which undertook it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless derived from \


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