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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.

Senoufo Kwonro procession ritual panel
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African art > African Statues > Senoufo Kwonro procession ritual panel

Ex Guy Brunel african art collection.
Mr. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled the world before becoming passionate about Africa, which he discovered through his eldest daughter. Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,...
Until his death, he had accumulated nearly 600 pieces. Its legatees have decided to put this collection up for sale through our gallery.

This piece shines through the complexity of its plank, a veritable artistic fresco whose symbolism is addressed to Kwonro initiates.
A female statue, evoking the deity Katieleo, the mother of the village, stands proudly, her arms bent to the sky extending into this rich and varied plank, preserved in perfect condition. Various characters and animals, linked to Senoufo mythology, adorn this board in ...

Senoufo African Statue
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African art > African Statues > Senoufo African Statue

Intriguing forms of Senufo African art, not unlike the sculptures of Baoule monkeys, this half-human, half-animal creature of African tribal art is represented standing, legs half-flexed, on a turtle forming a pedestal. the head, arched, evokes that of a bird.

Two cabochons formed by nails represent the eyes, pierced ears are detached from the skull and are extended by a jaw forming nose or muzzle. A metallic torque adorns the neck of the The metal, to which a magic power is attributed, is abundantly used to enhance the power of African tribal art sculptures: a metal clip is also inserted for this purpose in the cheek.Before his bust, the figure squeezes his long hands digitally a spherical object that seems to be a fruit.A genital organ appears under the string that ...


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Ciwart horizontal Bambara
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African art > African mask > Mask Ci wara

Belonging to the regional type Goso kun , emanating from the Bamako region, this horizontal African mask is covered with parallel incisions and alternating geometric patterns evoking the animal's coat. The tapered ears, in line of the horns, are perforated at regular intervals and garnished with cotton pompoms. The size of the stylized head, with its tapered snout, contrasts with the rest of the body that seems ready to pounce. In the African tribal ritual, worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a cotton cap, these African masks accompanied the dancers dressed in black-fibre tunics, during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to the work Agricultural. The fifth initiation society Bambara , Bamana , is called tyiwara (here, cultivate, wara, fawn) and is still ...


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Men s statue Bambara Guantigui
African art > African Statues > Statue Bamana

The Bambara, Bamana, central and southern Mali belong to the large group Mande , as well as the soninke and the Malinke . They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala who maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro. Six male associations, the Dyow, using Bambara masks and statues, structure the Bambara community: young people first enter the circumcision society not tomo, then that of the komo, the nama, kono , the koré and finally the agrarian society Tyi Wara Large masked festivals close the initiation rites of the association dyo and the ritual of the gwan bambara in the south of the bambara country. Spread over a seven-year period for men, they are less demanding for women. The new ...


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Koulango Maternity
African art > African Maternity > Statue Koulango

Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in the Voltaic territory. The chiefs Dagomba of the Kingdom of Bouna would then have called them " Koulam " (singular: koulango , subject, vassal). Their complex history has spawned a culture no less complex. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the north-east of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. An imist fetishistic religion, they address their ancestors and the spirits of nature through sculptures in which the soul of these spirits are supposed to reside.
Female fertility figure depicted sitting on a royal stool, it features a ringed neck and a colorful, vase-shaped crest with coloured scales. An infant heads her breast. Blue and red pigments reveal certain traits.


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Ci Wara Bambara crest
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African art > African bronze > Ci Wara mask

Antelope stylized (hyppotrague) , dark patina. The translation means “fawn-coloured ground” Emblem of the tòn, associations intended for agricultural work.The associations tòn, fraternity of age, bring together the young people (boys and girls) of the same septennial age group. Associations with social aim, they helped the most impoverished with the agricultural work. At the time of these works, - preceded by a sacrificator holding a fetish - a couple of masked dancers occurred, Tyiwara “deer of the culture”, accompanied by a mask buffoon. The masks traversed the field while leaping, in order to drive out this one the nyama, malefic emanations, to detect any danger or to flush out the evil geniuses able to steal the heart or the seeds' sinews from the crop plants . The male Tyiwara ...


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Fang loom pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Fang Chicken

This cephalomorphic pulley illustrates the diversity of the decorative arts of the Fang: the head offers the features of the statues above the reliquary baskets. The concave face, set with brass pupils, ends in pout. Oiled patina, glossy, with grainy residues. In the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were topped with a statue or a head that acted as custodian of the "byi" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, the statues ...


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Fertility figure Biga Mossi
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African art > African Dolls > Mossi doll

A schematic anthropomorphic fertility doll, whose head appearance varies by region, represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. The body is formed of a cylinder resting on a flared base on which the chest is cut. The angular, stylized head evokes the feminine crest hairstyle, the parallel incisions, the scarifications and the braids of the ethnic group. Beautiful patina abraded by the contact.Ex. collection of the painter 'a target''blank' href'http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld' Karl Heinz Engstfeld
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 ...

Masque Dan Zapkei/ Gunye ge
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African art > African mask > Masque Dan

Among the most emblematic masks of African art, this sculpture stood out among the eleven types of dan masks (Fisher and Himmelheber) thanks to its eyes hollowed out in a circular way to allow better vision. These masks, named gunye ge "masques de course", oval-faced, slightly concave centre, were produced in the northern Dan and intended to participate in the race events. The zapkei intervene to prevent the spread of domestic fires during dry seasons. Armed with a wand, they threaten careless women and confiscate an object as a fine. Some of these masks, the goge, with a particularly sophisticated braided headdress, were only exceptionally used.
Black patina with satin touch, grainy residual inlays.
Piece from the vast collection of Jean Charles Mercier which was started ...

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Ci wara Bamana crest mask
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African art > African mask > Bambara Mask

This model, illustrating one of the stylized variations of Ci Wara, is the representation of a hippoatgue antelope whose high horns are curved backwards. Sculpted by the number, a blacksmith joining the group of craftsmen nyamakala , it has fine parallel incisions evoking the coat and diamonds. Matte patina and black brown dry. Localized abrasions.
Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket or a cotton cap, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field leaping in order to drive out the nyama, evil scents, and to detect any danger, or to hunt down evil geniuses that could delight the souls of cultivated plants as well as the vital strength of their Seeds. ...


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Baoulé Moon Mask
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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, has a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry, but which have borrowed many stylistic elements from the Yauré and Guro. 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. This flat, circular mask offers a face with downed eyelids and a smiling hollowed-out mouth. Currently, this type of mask still appears during ...


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Chockwe fetish adornment
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African art > African mask > Chockwe fetish adornment

Ex Belgian African art collection.
The passport mask was used to identify an ethnic group and his or her rank among his own when he was travelling. It represents a Chokwe Pwo mask. Always worn by men, these masks are used in ritual dances dedicated to fertility. However, mastered by the sorcerers, they can take on an evil character and become Wanga. This fetish adornment in leather and fur is equipped with a mask presumably fashioned from the femur of a pachyderm, The facial features are detailed and very expressive. Ornaments in cauris, bones and wooden rings decorate this exceptional piece.


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Dugn be Bidjogo Guinea Mask
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African art > African mask > Bidjogo Mask

This african zoomorphic sculpture flanked by front-end horns comes from the 'U's '0022nofollowU', '0022 href'U'0022https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/show/bidyogo" Bidjogo , established in the archipelago Bissagos consists of about thirty islands located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. 
On this massive piece of a gaping-mouthed bovine head, the organs are highlighted with concentric decorative motifs and tapestry nails, the ears adorned with cotton yarn pompoms are covered with red pigments. Vegetable fiber cords complete the highlighting of the main features.
The mask is worn before or at the end of the initiation ceremonies, by a young initiate " cabaro ", who will bend and pitch up, conveying the idea of a vigorous but still untamed young animal, and the need to go ...

Senoufo loom
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African art > Usual african items > Senoufo pulley

African art and decorative pulleys of Senoufo looms In Côte d'Ivoire, sculptures intended for everyday use, and apparently the most ordinary, had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. A pheacephalmorphic pilricey, it is decorated with a stylized zoomorphic figure evoking the mythical calao. Its brown surface, which oil anointings have satin, reveals in places the regular veining of the wood. The object is enhanced with red pigments. Wire remains on the reel. Mainly farmers, the Senoufo group lives in a savannah region that covers southern Mali and Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d'Ivoire. They include about 50 sub-ethnic groups. They speak a Voltaic language Gur, Gour, like the Lobi and ...


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Large statue Baoulé Asye usu
African art > African Statues > Baoule Statue

African art and statues of the Baoulé
A voluminous head with multiple braided shells, facial and body scarifications, a protruding umbilical, muscular legs adapted to agricultural work, characterize this effigy male baoulé. The soft, sainy surface is locally encrusted with ritual anointing residues. Kaolin chipped on the seat. Desication cracks. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: the statues Waka-Sona , " being wood " in baoulé, evoke a asssousou , be of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komiefoué soothsayers , the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu ("genies of the earth") in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the ...


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Statues League Sakimatwematwe
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The African lega art and the ritual initiation materials
African Statue Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, this object is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami (" things (among the many others used in the course of initiations). Its structure is presented in a cylindrical central form supported by four notched legs whose flexing would be associated with one of the positions of tribal dance. Four groups of three faces overlap, directed towards the four cardinal points. Grainy matte skate. Desication cracks.
The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter ...

Lobi chair
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African art > African Chair > Lobi chair


Ex. French private collection
African tribal art among Lobi
The furniture is an artistic medium in its own right in African art.
Three-foot, high-backed three-foot chair. The rounded ends and notches at the edges form the only decorative motifs of this minimalist piece. Use skate, clear and lustrous.
The use that had been made over the decades strengthened the close ties between the owner and the room so that at his death the seat was placed on the family altar and served as an interface to communicate with the soul of the deceased.


Populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name " lobi ", make up one-fifth of Burkina Faso's population. Few in Ghana, they have also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the ...


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Ashanti Akuaba doll
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African art > African Dolls > Statue Ghana

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 , a stained glass artist, this feminine effigy called Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) with a flat, oval face, has small arms that horzontally extend the breasts formed on the column bust. The geometric features, incised in the wood, offer eyes superimposed under the space of the forehead while high.
These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, squeezed in their loincloths, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.

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Masque Markha, Warka
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African art > African mask > Markha Mask

Symbols of fertility and fertility in the African art of Markha
The anterior face of the dome constituting the base of the object has growths indicating breasts. A narrow, emaciated face, lined with chiseled metal sheets, rests on the mask cap. Its long ringed neck forms a nascent vault of the posterior. Bringing together animal details, antelope, and humans, this African mask recalls Ci Wara masks. In the crest, a high flat horn curves backwards. Horizontal ears, tapered, are perforated and equipped with cotton buckles and pompoms. Cracks in desications. The Markha are organized into societies of structured masks and hierarchical as found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiation language, a means of communication in the hands of the initiates. The Markha , also known ...


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Yaoure Mask, Yohoure, Lomane
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African art > African mask > Yaoure Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
A volatile is carved in a round-bump at the top of this African mask. Finely worked hair, divided into three, is an indicator of wealth. A delicately worked face, finely chiseled patterns, a smooth, sainly patina with dark reflections, reveal the talent of African tribal art sculptors in Côte d'Ivoire. Metal patterns are also often common on baoulé masks. This copy named Anoman , Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I who originally danced around the deceased and leaned to touch him for a purifying purpose. It also appears at present during rejoicing. The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, one can feel in the art yaouré the influence ...

Dogon ointment box in bronze
African art > Usual african items > Pot Dogon

Designed to collect medicinal preparations prepared from the advice of the elders who had been introduced to the science of trees or " jiridon ", this hemispheric container with a lid is topped with an effigy of mythical ancestor Nommos , genius associated with the creation of the world, guarantor of health and fertility. The walls are decorated with allegorical decorative motifs, such as wave friezes and spiral patterns, saurians and a shape associated with the Kanaga mask. The ensemble has a golden brown patina. These ornaments are supposed to activate the healing power of the active ingredients. Tiny shards of the patina located on the lid opening.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 ...


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