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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.

Baoulé du Goli Mask
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African art > African mask > Baoulé du Goli Mask

This type of African Baoulé mask participated in dances during ceremonies Goli celebrating the new crops.

The term Goli refers to the son of Nyamien, the God of heaven: he is also the father of Kplé-Kplé. This mask has A protective vocation, usually preceded by the appearance of a series of masks of the family "Goli", this mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, would be an anthropozoomorphic baoule mask of the kplekple type, it appears briefly in the day then in the evening to announce the coming of his kinship under the features of goli glin or kpwan, usually flat and circular, it forms a face with bulging eyes under which were pierced two triangular orifices for the vision of the dancer. carefully divided into three, bordered with friezes composed of lozenges, ...


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Sceptre cavalier Yoruba
African art > Usual african items > Statue Yoruba

A rider figure, sculpted in a round-bump, overcomes the stick of this ritual scepter. It glorifies a deified ancestor. Equid, rare in the region, was also an attribute of prestige reserved for the nobility and rulers. The mount has different proportions than the rider. The horse perched on a pedestal has a small size. Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. Crusty skate. Use of burgundy red pigments. The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are ...


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Fetish Boli Bambara
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African art > African fetish > Statue Boli

Called boli (pl. boliw), buffle , in African art, this fetish of varying size plays a central role in the ritual life of the Mandingo region. There are pocket-sized "Boliw", and others owned by chiefdoms, initiation societies such as the men's initiation associations Kono and Komo whose members progress through a process spanning decades, and even at Etats.La main function of a boli is to accumulate and control the natural life force called nyama for the spiritual benefit of the community. Used as altars or performed during dance performances, they are creations based on revelations miraculously granted to the geniuses of the bush and transmitted to the soothsayers, using active amalgams from nature and, or daliluw . Animal bones, plant materials, honey and metal are aggregated around an ...


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Benin rooster figure Edo Okpa
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African art > African Statues > Bronze Benin

Metaphor of royal power in the African art of the Benin Kingdom
Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of kings, the Oba , was illustrated by multiple works, mainly bronze sculptures, celebrating their power. War scenes glorifying them were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chefs, majestic felines, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of smelters according to the technique of cast iron with lost wax. Placed on the altar dedicated to the Queen Mother as early as the 16th century in Benin City in Nigeria, the bronze depicting a rooster, Okpa, glorified royal power by its alt-like appearance. Produced ...

Dan Bugle Mask
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African art > African mask > Masque than

Despite details such as tubular eyes encased in a red cloth, evoking the masks zapkei and the -taround entertainment masks, The bugled mask has distinct specificities, including a mouth that is always voluminous, a prominent, bulbous forehead, and a row of horns on the forehead. Sometimes accessorized with a feather headdress, it is here equipped with a necklace of vegetable fibers on which are attached bells whose tinkling aroused the ardour of the warriors before hunting or war. (Black African Tribal Art, Bacquart, p.36) Abrasions of use. Very light residue of kaolin. Crusty agglomerates at the top.
Reputed in African art, the Yacouba, also known as Dan, are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or secular. Their masks, of varied design, usually occur during ...


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Figure of rider Benin in bronze
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African art > African bronze > Statue Yoruba

This character on his mount is wearing the braided fiber hat reserved for the dignitaries of the Benin court. The ceremonial sword, or eben , which he is equipped with, representing the royal authority, also indicates his status as leader. A crusty patina punctuated with white pigments.
Piece from the collection of the painter 'a target''blank' href'http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld' Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a target''-blank' href'https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/' Ruth Engstfeld-Schremper , artist.
Benin art is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as oba. The tradition of Ifè's bronze classroom objects dates back to the 14th century. Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom ...

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Female figure Bambara Dyonyeni
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African art > African Statues > Statue Dyonyeni

Rounded and high volumes adjoin in this African statue of Favorite ", Dyonyeni, Nyeleni in Bambara, represented half-flexed legs leaning on a circular base. The ovoid face with a straight nasal arch is topped with braids, with cupy ears that evoke a particular acuity. The scarred body shows signs of motherhood and fertility through full and stretched breasts, in shells, the buttocks bounced and the bust endowed with a prominent umbilical associated with lineage, transmission. The position of the hands, on either side, palms facing the sky, clearly allude to a ritual. Oily and powdery skate. Very slight cracks in desication.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, such as the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god ...

Big Dogon Gate
African art > Usual african items > Dogon Gate

The systems of closure of the Sudanese regions in African art
This ancient door Dogon equipped with its lock, carefully carved, evokes by its anthropomorphic and zoomorphic representations the rich cosmogon Dogon. According to Dogon mythology, the first inhabitants of the Bandiagara area crossed the river on the back of a crocodile. They appear horizontally on the top of the door shutters. The characters can symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic also appear frequently. The door consists of two vertical panels that hold large staples métalliques.br
The motifs present on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are cut from ...


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Yoruba Rider Cup
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African art > Usual african items > Yoruba figure

The complex iconography of Yoruba African art.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, orisà, Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko) including many statues. They are designed by the sculptors at the request of the adepts, soothsayers and their clients. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. This Yoruba rider statue supports an offering cup whose lid is decorated with a zoomorphic scene. Oil residue lining the walls of the receptacle. Matte patina. Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the egbe male society reinforces social norms, the aro federates farmers. The freeze has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu. The Yoruba claim ...


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idoma
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African art > African mask > idoma

Idoma live with the confluence of Bénué and Niger. 500.000, they are farmers and tradesmen. One finds in their art and their habits of the Igbo influences, Cross To rivet it and Igala and it are often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbors. The Okua masks are carried to Idoma Southerners during the funeral of important characters and have scars traversing the face, the temples and the cheeks. They have an open mouth and a smooth hairstyle.


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Ngil Fang Mask
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African art > African mask > Fang Mask

Rituals of justice and African masks Fang.
Concave eyebrow arches extend with a rectangular jaw. The darker mouth fits at the end. The thin incisions of the eyes give an inquisitor and severe air to this ethnic mask whose grainy surface is bleached.

The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea.  This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the ...


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Yoruba Nigeria Polychrome Hema Mask
African art > African mask > Yoruba Mask

In Nigeria, also in Benin, and especially among the Western Yoruba, the heaum masks are accompanied by their colorful cloth costumes for the rejoicing dances of the Gelede society, and on the occasion of the funeral of its followers. Often topped with a stage in the form of a round-bump sculpture, these are birds that form the central theme evoked here. This voluminous copy of Yoruba hem mask is coating with a crusty polychrome patina.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers through a cult of fertility, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa , and ancestors, osi and who can be used for the benefit of the company. Powerful women named aje are then asked to put their power at the service of the community. ...


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Senoufo Statue
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African art > African Statues > Ivory Coast statue

Living in a reserved neighbourhood, the sculptor senufo , whose training spanned seven years, began with the making of everyday objects, and then, little by little, carried sculptures of increasing size. Initiatory rituals complemented his learning. Blacksmiths also work wood at the Senoufo. Their control of fire, which gives them a high social status, makes them fear the population. This intriguing anthropozoomorphic ritual statue consists of a character evoking an ancestor, bent, who seems to effortily support a stylized figure of "setien" , mythical animal associated with the ibis. Geometric patterns are carved into the wood, reminiscent of the traditional Senufo scars. The man's face offers carefully detailed features and a crenellated summit crest. His long digitized hands are leaned ...


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Currency / Chamba-type tool
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African art > African Currencies > Chamba Currency

African art is very rich in these currencies that were found all over the continent. The handle here is divided into two flat spiral patterns, and extends with a blade decorated with fine parallel incisions.
These black iron blades were used as a bargaining chip but also for offerings, wedding dowries and for large festive and ceremonial occasions.
"Before the colonial era, payments in Africa were never made through coins. The transactions were made using products considered precious, because they were rare, useful, or desirable: cattle, fabric parts, pearls, cauris, salt, kola nuts, and especially metals. But it was mostly iron that attracted attention. It quickly became the unit of measurement against which all other commodities were assessed. Laure Adler


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Statue Baoulé Waka Sona
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African art > African Statues > Baoule Statue

Ex-French African art collection.
This African statue Waka-Sona, " be made of wood " in baoulé, evokes a assou, be of the earth. It is part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, Blolo bian or feminine, the bia blolo . The lower limbs, muscular, are half-flexed and rest an engraved base of parallel grooves in champlevé. The character is equipped with a stick and meditatively caresses his beard, which is clad in shea butter. The face has a concentrated appearance, a very long nasal ridge and a pout indicating the detachment of the temporal world. Its headdress ...


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Ekpo Eket Company Face Mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Eket

Ex-French African art collection.
An African mask that is not without suggesting a lunar form. It was during the feast of yams and funeral ceremonies that he intervened in society Ekpo.La softness of facial features are characteristic of Eket art. Featuring a crusty patina, combining white, red and black in a harmonious modernist expression. The Ekets are found in southeastern Nigeria.

Songye Protective Fetish
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African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

Fascinating fetishes of African art Songye
This tribal figure Songye, in oriental style, has acquired the face of the mask Kifwebe (sing.) on a long ringed neck. The masks Bifwebe for members of the Bwadi Bwa have parallel grooves, bleached, evoking the antelope but also the initiation path. The fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is represented classically, the digitized hands placed on either side of the magic charge bishimba inserted in the abdominal protrusion. Asked a necklace of white and blue pearls, in connection with the necklace symbol of the seven-year cycle of the association of bukishi , the character is also draped in a raphia loincloth from which protrude wide feet. Ritual ingredients have also been added by the nganga in the accessorized summit horn of ...


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Namji Dowayo Doll
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African art > African Dolls > Statue Namji

The dolls of the Namji or D owayo , an animist mountain people living in northern Cameroon, have recently become known. These effigies represent the human body in stylized elementary forms. This anthropomorphic sculpture, supported by large joined feet, has a flat disc head with oblique jugal scarifications, an oversized neck surrounded by a strip of fabric, and a cylindrical bust. The abdomen is hollowed out in a cup and highlighted with a red textile pudding and a cauri marks the umbilical. Above, diamond motifs highlighted by series of perforations enhance the vital center that is the abdomen. These signs refer to fertility. The patina, grainy, and ritual libations have consolidated the fabrics adorning the object. These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, at ...


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Mossi Fertility Doll
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African art > African Dolls > MossI Statues

Mossi African art.
Leather, this schematic anthropomorphic figure, whose head appearance varies from region to region, embodies a spirit with which a relationship is established. The chest symbolizes fertility. The abdomen, which has a slight bulge, is encased with greased cords just like the neck. The stylized head evokes the crest hairstyle worn by the Mossi girls. Glossy surface, covered with oil and dark pigments.
The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through rituals. Wooden figures will then be carved, some reflecting both genres, in many cases covered with pearls and clothing. During the ...


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Baoulé Mask / Yaouré Yohoure
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, includes a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main facial features of a very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, "masques-portraits", which were exhibited at particularly theatrical events where women held one great role, on the other, masks of conjuring, and initiation, intervening in ceremonies that were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could endanger their lives, or at most their fertility. The Yohouré sculpture has also been influenced by their neighbours, combining decorative elements that are sometimes foreign to the great finesse of execution that characterizes them. This circular mask sports a ...

Yombé Kongo maternity figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Yombe

The Yombe settled on the west coast of Africa, in the southwestern Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity wards, such as this statuette associated with fertility rites, clad in a satin patina ranging from light brown to dark brown to mahogany reflections.
Abrasions, desication cracks. In the 13th century, the people Kongo , led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal ...





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