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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.

Oracle of divination Luba
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African art > Usual african items > Oracle Luba

African art collection put up for sale by Jan Putteneers.
This African cephalomorphic sculpture is a means of communication with ancestors, used by the soothsayer during divination rituals. Incorporating the category of objects nkisi, nkishi, it is supposed to be endowed with a secret power, receptacle of a spiritual energy. Luba , like their neighbors, use this type of object related to the divination kashekesheke named katatora and lubuko . According to François Neyt, the object was carved from wood ( kibekwasa ) with magical properties.
During the interview, the ring was caught by the soothsayer and his client, who dragged it on a mat or headrest in response to the questions asked (producing the sound "kashekeke", "extraction of the truth"). Considered feminine, the ...


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Chokwe Pwo Mask
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African art > African mask > Chokwe Pwo Mask

African masks are numerous among Chokwe The characteristic patterns on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the aesthetic chokwe canons but also serve as public markers of ethnic identity.

The recurring cruciform frontal pattern would also have a meaning This copy is endowed with a fine rope net attached to small holes on the contours of the mask, and a headdress with a bandage of fabric on which import buttons have been sewn. Brass rings hold coins, and pointed teeth were also a popular female aesthetic attribute.These headdresses were sometimes removed for aesthetic purposes by the masks' buyers.These masks were mainly worn during initiation ceremonies. transition to adulthood, marking, among other things, the end of the privileged link between a son ...


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Lobi Bateba figurines
African art > African Statues > Lobi statuettes

African art Lobi.
This little Bateba statuette, whose gnawed wood has a grainy matte patina, depicts a naked female figure. This type of statuettes were placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active, intermediate being that fights against sorcerers and other evil forces. Desication crack in the back.
When they are honoured, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they remove it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits pass on to the soothsayers the laws that followers must follow in order to receive their protection.
They are represented by wooden or copper sculptures called Bateba (large or small, ...


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Statuette Mambila Tadep
African art > African Statues > Statuette Tadep

Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , fulani), installed in the north west of Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creative god named Chang or Nama, they worship only their ancestors. Their leaders were buried in attics like wheat because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.

Made according to the same cannons, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors often have small studs on their heads as hairstyles. This is a crenellated ridge. Two samples were probably taken from the statuette, which was destined for ...


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Janiform crest mask Idoma Ungulali
African art > African mask > Idoma Mask

The Idomas settled at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders in their 500,000. The neighbourhood and thus the influences of the Igbo, those of the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups, have led to stylistic borrowings, and great tribal similarities. The royal lineage members of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the male society Kwompten , meanwhile, used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals.
Borrowed from the Igbo of the Cross River, these crest masks also relate to the masquerades of warriors. A double rattan strap ...


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Statuette Ibedji Yoruba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Nigeria

Beaded belts and large metal rings make up the "abiku", abundant adornments with the apotropaic function of this female statuette " ere" (statues) of twin. The hairstyle consists of braids raised in shells is tinged with indigo and the look highlighted with kaolin. The space formed by the position of the fingers of the hand illustrates the aesthetic traditions of African art of the Abeokuta in the state of Egba. Grainy libation residue on a satin surface, desication cracks.
In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin ...


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Mama crest mask
African art > African mask > Mama Crest

The masks of ceremonies mangam of Mamas, whose buffalo masks are better known, are used within the ethnic group by members of a male association charged with maintaining social order and increasing or promoting agricultural production. Pink ochre granular patina. This mask, whose horns symbolize fertility, is therefore danced during the holidays in relation to agricultural fertility and sometimes human fertility.
Mama buffalo masks are kept in the sacred wood and brought back to the village to accompany the deceased into the world of the afterlife or to participate in the induction of a chief. Pink ochre matte patina.


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Kuba / Lele Palm Wine Cup
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Ex-african art french collection.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. The Lee live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoongs of the Kuba country. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs, including cups, drinking horns and cups. The highly organized and hierarchical kuba society placed a king or nyim inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group. This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and the chiefdom bushoong , he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. He therefore ensured the sustainability of his subjects, whether through harvests, rain or the birth of ...


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Masque League janiiforme Idumu
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African art > African mask > Masque League

Two concave faces, in which mica particles shine, are joined together and reveal hollowed-out eyes that separate the straight nasal ridge. These kaolin bleached faces, highlighted by parallel hatches, have narrow mouths marked by an incision. This tribal mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which were joined by wives whose spousehad reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Within the Lega, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals ...

Statue fertility doll Akua  ba Fante
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African art > African Statues > Statues Fanti

F anteart art has become known mainly for its fertility dolls, which are worn by pregnant women, who do not have to lay eyes on a malformed being or object, lest their children resemble them. On the other hand, by looking at these dolls, expressions of idealized beauty, they are supposed to promote the beauty of their future children. These dolls carved in the Fante, population akan coastal regions of Ghana, ancient gold coast, have a slightly different appearance than those of the Ashanti. However, their function is more or less similar. The head here adopts a rectangular shape. The ringed neck and tubular bust are found on a cicular base and reduced breasts. This model, whose reverse has a refined geometric decoration, has a blackish oiled patina sainized by use.

Chokwe Cut Carrier Statue
African art > African Statues > Statue Chokwe

This African sculpture Chokwe is an object of prestige, where sharp angles and tubular and rounded volumes are harmoniously close. The female effigy supports a lidded container that served as a receptacle for tobacco, its use being widespread among the Chokwe, smoke being an integral part of offerings to spirits ajimu . Characteristic of the chokwe statuary, the proportions of the digitized feet contrast with the whole object.
Golden brown patina, desication cracks.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwes never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ...


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Bamileke Mbap mteng elephant mask
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African art > African mask > Bamileke Mask

These long masks in fabric embroidered with pearls with very rich polychromy were worn by high-ranking members in society bamileke . The beaded embroidered fabric panels are topped with a basket-shaped tiara decorated with zoomorphic symbols with textile scantily.
, on the occasion of the funeral of some warriors, the wearer waved his ears and simulated the charge of the elephant, an animal that this mask symbolized.
In African art, the animal kingdom has a special place because of its ubiquitous physical proximity. Some animals have thus largely integrated the cosmogonies of many ethnic groups. The elephant is an obvious example of this and works that symbolize them are given royal virtues.
The Bamileke society had several initiation associations including the mwola and ...

Zaouli Gouro Hybrid Mask
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African art > African mask > Guro Mask

Ex-collection French tribal art.
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 antelope snout, framed by fins, evokes a hybrid, half-antelope, half-human being. At the top of the sheep horns, and, carried by two hoops joining forward in a beak, a musician with an elephant trunk. Multicolored lacing. Oily brownish patina. Desication crack. Among the group of Mande from 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 art creations African tribal system. Animists, they have been using a family of masks ...


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Okuyi Dance Punu Mask
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African art > African mask > Punu Mask

Refining African masks of Okuyi dances
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri ("diriger"), this last spanning into several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba , the Mukuyi, and the acrobatic dance of the okuyi , on stilts, remainthe most widespread. This face mask, evoking a deceased woman, divided into two colors, was displayed during the dance called Okuyi. In addition to the double shells with a ...


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Igbo mask
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African art > African mask > Igbo Mask

Ex-collection English African art.
A bold arrangement made up of multiple overlapping figures distinguishes this African igbo mask Agbogo Mmwo. This Igbo mask, which is also distinguished by its decoration of mirrors and seeds of abrus, feathers and raffia strings, conforms to traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, with narrow slits for the eyes, a thin nose and a face kaolin-clad. The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means \


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Karan Wemba Mossi Crest Mask
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African art > African mask > Mossi Mask

This elegant Piece, Yatenga style, surmounted by a statue, constitutes the Mossi equivalent of African masks " satimbe The Dogon of Mali. This ancestor effigy is also supposed to commemorate the life of an elderly woman who gave birth to children and fulfilled her obligations to her in-laws. The female figure that embodies the ancestor or the protective spirit of the clan rests on the high horns of the delicately sculpted antelope in a round-bump. Polychrome geometric patterns, distributed, alternate on the object. A piece collected around 1960 by the German painter 'a href'U'0022http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href'"https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engst Ruth Engstfeld-Schremper , a glazier artist.
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Igbo Ikorodo Crest Mask
African art > African mask > Igbo Mask

This Igbo African mask called Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, thanks to narrow slits for the eyes, a face with sharp features covered in white, teeth traditionally cut into point scarifications and tattoos. The headdress is composed of three high open fins topped with circular growths, hence the name of the headdress called "à bouchons".
The white color of the mask agbo-gho-mmwo refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead", and especially of young girls, although it is worn by young men in order to honor the spirit of the earth. The headdress evokes the old female hairstyle adorned with brass pieces. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern ...


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Masque League Kayamba
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Narrow pierced eyes, a thin, straight nasal ridge, a small rectangular mouth, with an incised lower lip reminiscent of teeth, and especially the presence of horns, make up the characteristics of this African Kayamba lega mask. This sculpture indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which were joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Satin and chipped skate mixed with kaolin. Long raffia beard. Within the Lega, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River ...


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Bété / Gouro beak mask
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African art > African mask > Bété Mask

Extended face mask of a spectacular bifid, toothed beak. The room has an ovoid face in which the hairstyle, divided into three curves highlighted with brass, is a atteste of its Bété origin, but also of the southern Gouro. The middle rib in relief evokes the scarifications in use, The heavy diagonal eyelids rely on raised ribs associated with ethnic scarifications. A line of cauris, encrusted in a crusty agglomerate, runs on the edge of the beak also decorated with metal stripes. Kaolin residue, dark patina sained and abraded.
The Bété are a people established on the left bank of the Sassandra River on the south-west side of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and Niabwa , the invoice of their masks, as well as their function, have great similarities. These masks introduced by ...


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Goli Kplé Large Mask
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African art > African mask > Kplé Kplé Mask

Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " family Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns reminiscent of the antelope, is either a male mask, kplekple yassoua or yaswa , or a kplekple bla feminine, the assignment of their respective colors varying from villages to villages. He appears briefly during the day and then in the evening to announce the arrival of his relatives in the guise of the goli glin or the kpwan. Polychromy ochre, red ochre white and black. It was during events such as epidemics or funerals that his demonstration took place among the Wan and Baoulé, in order to reconcile the favors of the spirits U-002amwin" providers of prosperity, health or even security. It appears nowadays during festive events, the Goli gradually replacing all ...


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Gope Papua Votive Board - New Guinea
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African art > Shields > Papuan Shield

Coming from the Gulf of Papua, this oblong-shaped tablet, mainly produced by the Western Kerewa, is named gope, or kwoi, or Hohao. It embodies a imunu, an ancestral spirit linked to the territory where the clan lives. Supposed to protect from revenge from enemies, it was offered to the young initiate, after being carved by his uncle, and exhibited in the ceremonial hut of the village where the ritual objects were stored.
The surface is engraved with stylized patterns with natural red ochre pigments.
Pieces from the collection of the painter 'a href-U'0022http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href'"https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/U-002 Engstfeld-Schremper , a glazier artist.





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