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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.

Iginga League figurines
African art > African Statues > League figurines

This figure features a characteristic face of the Lega sculptures, combined with the morphology of the hanged man typical of Mbole productions called okifa, symbolizing victims sacrificed or punished by the Lilwa society. Abraded satin patina.
The tribal art of the Lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society that admits men and their wives, and governs social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were ...


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Kumu Shield, Komo
African art > African mask > Komo Shield

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Masque flat with a handle, it is divided into two contrasting colours. Velvety mate patina. African masks nsembu, embodying the spirit of divination, usually appear in pairs during the rituals of the nkunda society, babankunda. The Kumu, Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed during the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of the young people of the society nkunda . It was in the Maniema region around the Lualaba River and the ...


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Masque Dan Gunye ge
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African art > African mask > Ivory Coast Mask

Among the variation of the African masks of Côte d'Ivoire, the so-called "mask of race"
For the Dan, or Yacouba, living in western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, the Force U-002d-" that would animate the world would manifest itself in carved masks. This is how she seeks to bring knowledge to man in order to support him, and uses the channel of dreams beforehand. The spirits then indicate how to name the mask they wish to see made. These masks of different types are endowed with functions, social, spiritual and political, often evolving over time. Masks equipped with round orbits (gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of all the masks of the northern Dan and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge , also equipped with circular orbits, are responsible for ...


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

This African mask with a face has a pointed jaw. The nasal ridge, rectangular, dominates a small protruding mouth. The ears and crest are embellished with beads attached to cotton fiber pompoms. The side stair motifs feature the braids of traditional hairstyles. Metal sheets, incised with parallel strokes and hammered with dotted lines, the specificity of the sculptures marka, follow the volumes of the face.
Spotted and dull, velvety. Oxidized metal.
In African art, the Marka , Maraka en Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, settled in southern Niger, scattered since the end of the Ghana 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 ...


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Gong ritual Fang
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African art > Usual african items > Fang Bell

Cult accessories, metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. A sacred instrument, this object is topped with a handle that features a reliquary head of the byeri, featuring a helmet hairstyle with a long braid in the neck. The tinkling of wooden chopsticks on hollow metal heralded the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also objects of prestige, they accompanied the respect due to the chefs. Wicker strips are wrapped around the section of the neck. Glossy mahogany brown patina on the face, crusty patina locally flaked on the gong.


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Kongo/Vili Nkisi fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Vili Fetish

The statuette with a bulbous abdomen containing a magic charge could be included in the category of therapeutic fetishes. The amalgam or bilongo introduced consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. Among the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , took charge of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms 'sacred' or 'divine'.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom ...


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Piley statue of millet Dogon Tintam
African art > African Statues > Dogon statue

An ancestor figure illustrating one of the daily tasks of this people of the cliffs. At the neck, a korte necklace made up of amulets incorporating verses from the Qur'an testifies to the Muslim influence in the region. The surface was rubbed with ochre, probably for ritual purposes. This sculpture presents a matte wood, dessiquered and furrowed, pigmented with clay residues.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of ...


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Yaure Lomane Mask
African art > African mask > Yohoure Mask

A subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the Yaouré have produced a sculptural art influenced by the neighbouring Baoulé and Gouros ethnic groups, and vice versa. This African mask belonging to the je society is topped by a stage featuring two ibis drinking face to face. The hair is organized into braids while a collar engraved with triangular patterns borders the face. Polychrome discreet Vivid polychrome laquising, partialmet abrased.
This example, which could be attributed to the group of Anoman , Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I originally danced around the deceased and leaned to the touch for a purifying purpose. He also appears at the moment in the course of rejoicing. . African art masks Yaouré , or Yauré , whose Baoulé ...


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Lega Water Pipe
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African art > Usual african items > Pipe League

This lega water pipe consists of a gourd decorated with faces, cauris and peeled seeds. Its mouthpiece is wrapped in necklaces of glass beads. The object is topped with anthropomorphic bone-patterned tips.
The African art of the Lega, Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga (Maginga in plural), was the property of the high-ranking Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba ...


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Large bedu Nafana mask
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African art > African mask > Nafana Mask

This flat African mask, always topped with a disc or arched horns, offers geometric surfaces whose vegetable coating reduces polychromy. In the form of an abstract sculpture, he possessed the peculiarity of performing as a couple. Three orifices have been set up for the dancer's vision. Symbols of abundance and fertility, these masks of Nafana origin (northeastern Côte d'Ivoire and northwestern Ghana) were released during ceremonies related to the agrarian rites zaurau. The cult Bedu according to Bravmann, in a village nafana and spread to Kulango and Mandish-speaking communities such as the Hwéla. This new type of masks appeared around 1930 following the prohibition by the colonial authorities of large flat masks linked to a secret society that was supposed to fight witchcraft and ...


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Masque Lega Kwame
African art > African mask > Kweme Mask

Lega primitive sculptures in African art. Mask used by Kwame , Kweme , a Lega subgroup living in North Kivu province with similar societies and rites. With asymmetrical eyes, it also has a mouth with bulging contours, punctures in the ears, and a dotted decoration. The double border on the face is very unusual. It indicated the stage reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and joined by the wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Locally abraded glossy patina. H. on pedestal: 42 cm.

Belle patina nuanced golden brown. Residual kaolin inlays.

At the Lea, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with ...


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Pende Caryatid Seat
African art > African Chair > Tabouret Pende

Reduced size for this personal furniture object where the foot takes the form of a female figure in a kneeling position. According to Marc Léo Félix, however, few are the seats of dignitaries, because they were buried with their holders. The face here presents the famous look 'zanze' with the half-closed eyes found on the hanging masks. Dark patina abraded.

The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the ...


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Bembé Echawokaba hem mask
African art > African mask > Masque Bembe

This African mask was used during the tribal ritual of the male society Kalunga, Alunga, exercising social control over the clan, and responsible for public dances and pre-hunting ceremonies. A mask that embodies the god Alunga, it has four tall and wide concave orbits in which a pupil protrudes. Growths, on which feathers were attached, evoke small ears or horns. Its circular base is equipped with perforations in order to be able to fix the raffia adornment to conceal its wearer. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in sacred caves and it was during the festivals associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Flat masks with the same concave orbits also appeared during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami . Dry crusty patina grey ...


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Large Luba Kifwebe mask
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

A globular African mask with parallel streaks that adopts certain features of the Songye masks of the Kifwebe, including the stretched eyelids and the geometric mouth in projection. However, it did not have the same function. This category of rather rare African masks are named 'bifwebe'. They appeared at funerals and investitures. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the society kazanzi , charged with fighting witchcraft. " Bifwebe (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, 'chasing death'. Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. Velvety mate patina. Cracks.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of ...


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Ancestor figure Hemba/ Luba Singiti
African art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Sculpted in the style of the famous 'master of Buli' of Hemba ancestry, this male figure Luba or Hemba, whose feet were literally 'gnawed', personifies an ancestor. The hands are arranged on either side of the abdomen named difu, or 'lineage segment'. ...


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Fetish bust Baga Nalu
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African art > African Statues > Baga Fetish

Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups based on the coast and living from rice farming are made up of seven subgroups, including the Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. 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, hybrid snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of communicating with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga now seek to revive their traditions through festive ceremonies using ...


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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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African art > African mask > Luba Mask

However, this rounded mask with similarities to the Songye masks did not have the same function. This category of rather rare African masks are named "bifwebe". They appeared at funerals and investitures. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the society kazanzi , charged with fighting witchcraft. According to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "ching death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by the evocation of the moon evoked by the circular shape of the object. The globular eyelids are hollowed out, like the nostrils and mouth. Parallel stripes are ...


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Short Sword, Konda, Ekonda
African art > Usual african items > Epee Ekonda

The group Mongo living in northwestern Congo, is renowned for its costumes, weapons, and metal jewelry and not for its almost non-existent statuary. The Konda who used this type of short swords form one of the tribes of the group.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using currants, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive coins were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from parade objects or jet weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars named barriferri . In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon the African observed that people used iron to pay for things of little value. The king generally controlled the production or movement of the ...


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 Bamileke /Juju Hat
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African art > Usual african items > Bamileke hat

The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. This prestigious African adornment, worn by the notables, has white feathers. It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the Kuosi society, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, a fabric fabric, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, the ...


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Cavalier Dogon and his mount
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African art > African bronze > Cavalier Dogon

The elegance of proportions and attitudes, in this work of African art made in bronze, has been translated with talent by the dogon blacksmith. The latter form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim . They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. " They are also supposed to treat burns (Huib Blom). The frequent representations of the rider, among the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nammos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader appointed Hogon , paraded on his mount during his induction because it was customary to set foot on the ground. In the region ...

Mask Zaouli Gouro Gyela read
African art > African mask > Gouro Mask

African mask of Côte d'Ivoire and animal symbolism in African art.
This sculpture depicts a fine face with realistic features topped by a bird with a tail deployed. A lively polychrome laquise embellishes the room. Slight scattered abrasions. Among the group of Mande in the south, in the center of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the dy Zaouli. Indeed, like the African masks Goli des Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, who is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . ...


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