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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.

Masque facial Kwélé Ekuk
African art > African mask > Kwélé Mask

These gabonese masks with a concave face, in the heart, have almond eyes and a triangular nose. Generally concealed, the mouth is drawn here in the lower part of a concave face in a thin incision giving a smiling appearance. Depending on the presence of horns and their arrangement, the masks are called pipibudze, Ekuku zokou, etc. and are associated with the ancestors or spirits of the forest, " ekuk ". 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 obligatory initiation rites, they used at the end of the ceremonies the masks ekuk evoking the antelope whose horns meet in a loop under the chin. ...


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Mask Bété Guéré spider
African art > African mask > Bété Mask

Entanglement of disparate horns for this facial mask of the bété/guéré ethnic group. The base of the horns was nailed to the flat, circular wooden surface and then bound by a thick strip of hardened canvas. The whole thing is plastered with a crusty film where red and white ochre pigments mingle. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré , together referred to as Wé or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been passed down to them and taught to them by the Nyabwa . Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against ...


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Masque Kumu, Komo
African art > African mask > Komo Mask

According to M.L. Félix, African masks produced by clans living in the north of the Uituri region mostly adopt stylized features sculpted on a shallow base, and their décor evokes the animal world, with color pigments similar to those that adorn bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the north-east, where insiders and elders sometimes wore this type of body paint. Clear pigments applied to the finger on a brown background. velvety surface. Total height on a base: 43 cm
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 ...


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Figure masculine Mangbetu Nebeli
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African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

The typical Mangbetu high headdress stands atop the head of this ancestor effigy. The eyes are enclosed in a delicately sculpted face offering a certain serenity. Wide ears stand out, emphasizing the importance of listening, of perception. The long neck extends from a straight column. Excessive feet and hands contrast with the general morphology. Body paintings and scarifications, evoked by geometric patterns similar to those of the Asua pygmies with which the tribe had relations, and which varied according to the circumstances, are part of the whole. The ancients name beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli.
In Mangbetu from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box, which was held ...

Songye Fetish Statue
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African art > African Statues > Statue Songye

The spectacular fetishes of African Songye art.
In the centre of the bouquet of feathers that make up the headdress of our fetish, a sheep horn rises. Among the extra magic accessories with specific virtues, the brass elements nailed to the face and the triple necklace of white beads. A magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi), this protective ritual sculpture, dressed in a carefully woven raffia loincloth, frequently features magical elements ( bajimba) inserted into the horns or abdomen. The head takes up the structure and features of the mask kifwebe on a ringed neck. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, which is why they were moved with rods inserted under their arms. Nkishi plays the role ...


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Statuette Nkisi Lumweno
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African art > African Statues > FéticheNkisi

The Vili, The Lri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kongo formed the Kôngo group, led by the Ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarbeliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. In the Kongo, the nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin".This is an object in which one or more magical charges are introduced, like the abdominal cavity, back and headdress of the statuette It's against it. The statuette is named Lumweno , because it was designed to protect what surrounds the birth of twins judged to have ...


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Statue Lagalagana Mumuye
African art > African Statues > Statue Mumuye

Long dangling arms, bent and equipped with hands in spatulas, frame a straight bust that rises over a narrow head. A sagittal crest forms with the remains of ears distended by the curls, only worn by ethnic women, like a strange warrior helmet. Fine incisions engraved on the metal adorn the sculpture.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the benue middle, from Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations stands out for a relative lack of ornamentation and a clean stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire (tjokwa) relating to blood and red color, guardians of the vabong cult, among which are elected leaders, and those of water, (tjozoza ), related to ...


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Beembé ancestor figure, Bembé
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African art > African Statues > Bembé Figure

Statuette of male ancestor Bembé,Béembé, which has, engraved on the bust, body marks associated with scarifications, witnesses of the social and initiation evolution of the individual, specific to Kongo cultures. The look is set with bone. The character adopts the pose of dignitaries during interviews. Glossy patina.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of Babembé (pl.) was influenced by the Teké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. Indeed the Beembé, or Babembé, together with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo, were once part of the tribes of the Kongo kingdom.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , chief of the village, interceded with the ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position ...

Large Fang mask of Ngil
African art > African mask > Ngil Mask

This African Fang mask forms one of the many variants of Ngil's Fang masks, a full-length volume in which high orbital cavities contain thin eye slits, a nasal appendage marked with parallel ribs and patterns engraved on the bleached surface. The bulging mouth, pigmented with pink ochre, is altered. Long cracks.
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 men's society ngil which no longer exists today. 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 ...


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Statues Lega Iginga
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African art > African Statues > League Statues

These statuettes depict characters positioned back to back, joined by a common loincloth, and the necks entwined with a raffia cord. They rest with their hands on their bent knees, in a near-crouching position. This sculpture could be interpreted as the aphorism of an elderly kindi related by rituals to his wife initiated kanyamwa . Its meaning, however, invariably depends on the context of the use of the object. The tribal art of lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest rank of bwami from different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami , a secret society admitting men and their wives, and ...


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

The statuary of African art of the Baule
Altade and meditative physiognomy, concentrated, for this figure embodying a Baule leader imbued with serene assurance. The concept of beauty of the Baoulé, thanks to the numerous checkerboard motifs representing the scarifications, and the elaborate headdress on which the braids are finely engraved, asserts itself here again. The modeling of the lower limbs, illustrating vigour, forms an aesthetic constant among the baoulé cannons.
Black brown satin patina, residual kaolin inlays. Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by ...


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Juju Bamileke feathered headdress
African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke hat

Bamileke tribal art.
The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Bright colors for this dazzling African adornment of prestige, worn by the notables. 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 ...


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Statuette Ewe Venovi
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African art > African Dolls > Ewe Doll

A Togolese version of the Ibedji fetish statuettes of The Yoruba of Nigeria, the fetish carved according to traditional conventions is simply enclosed by a textile held by a string. The object was ritually coated with indigo forming a thick film. Desication cracks. The Ewe consider the birth of twins called Venavi (or Venovi) as a happy omen. They must be treated equally and fairly. For example, both will be fed and washed at the same time and will wear the same clothes until puberty. If one of the twins dies, the parents obtain a statuette to replace the deceased child and turn to a fetishist to activate its magical virtues.
She will be of the same sex as the child she represents and replaces but plans into the future that the child will not have known by sporting adult traits. ...


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Gurunsi vertical plank crest mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Gurunsi

Among the Gurunsi, Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask sculptors. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa. Several animals can be represented: buffalo, antelope, warthog, hyena, calao, snake and crocodile and their combined attributes.
The ornamentation is distributed on each side of the mask: the black triangles refer to the footprints of the antelope hooves and the conical protrusions symbolize the beaks of the calao, associated with divination. A female figure in the invocation position appears in a round-bump halfway up. Mate patina, locally chipped, slight cracks of desication.
These masks were worn by the members of the village, completely concealed under outfits made of plant fibres, during the ritual dances. The ...

Couple of twins Venovi Ewe
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African art > African Dolls > Couple Ewe

A Togolese version of the Ibedji fetish statuettes of The Yoruba of Nigeria, the figures with stocky bodies rest on large rounded feet whose blackening indicates shoes. Glossy yellow ochre patina. Desication cracks. The Ewe , living in the coastal region west of the Volta and south of Togo, consider the birth of twins called Venavi (or Venovi) as a happy omen. They must be treated equally and fairly. For example, both will be fed and washed at the same time and will wear the same clothes until puberty. If one of the twins dies, the parents obtain a statuette to replace the deceased child and turn to a fetishist to activate its magical virtues.
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Hemba Mask
African art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be embodied in the mask.
Stylized version of the simiesque mask, this sculpture is characterized by its powerful formal contrasts, the pointed forehead under which ...


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Fertility figure Akua ba Ashanti
African art > African Dolls > Ashnati doll

Akuaba doll statuettes (plural Akua'mma) are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable by their structure. Their circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the lines usually appear in the lower third of the head. The latter is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms develop at a right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base.
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This people consider women to be the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes mentioned in Ashanti wood carvings. This ethnic group has built a relatively democratic society based on the moral value of the individual. The Ashanti founded a monarchy as early as the 17th century. The ...


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Bronze Dogon Couple
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African art > African bronze > Couple Dogon

Invocation attitude for these bronze figures Dogon, hammered with notches, frozen arms raised to the sky. Green skate, rust inlays. The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. According to some historians, the Dogons fled from an area west of their present location as a result of an assault. ...


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Baule Ndoma Mask
African art > African mask > Baoulé Mask

Another variant of the African mask Baoulé called mask-portrait, this copy wears a janiform crest and presents, in the center of the eyebrow arch in the heart marked with the sign ngole , a delicately drawn nose, a narrow mouth in advance. Relief patterns are inscribed on the forehead, in relation to the scarifications. A thin crenellated necklace evokes a beard, and therefore a hermaphrodite character. This piece of African tribal art features a carmy red patina on which brown drippings remain. Residual ochre inlays in the hollows. Crack.
These portrait masks of the Baoulé, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the ceremonies of ...


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Masque Kuba Bushoong Isheen mwalu
African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

The spirits of nature, the ngesh , were supposed to be incarnated in the Kuba masks during the dances. The dancers' footprints were then erased so as not to injure the women venturing into the dance zone. The mask appeared during the initiation ceremonies, sometimes at the funerals of notables. Sculpted interpretation of the type of warrior mask Ishyeen imaalu (Pwoom itok), belonging to the society babende, adopts the exorbitant conical pupils, surrounded by perforations for vision, associated with the chameleon. It also offers highlights in the form of gold metal sheets, arranged on the mouth, on the frontal protrusion, on the cheeks, and in diamond on the temples. Black and Burgundy Pigments, Localized Abrasions . More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or " ...


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Gouro loom
African art > Usual african items > Gouro chicken

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 smooth pulley stirrup represents a bat, whose behavior evokes, for the Gouro, the occult world and divination in particular, its bones being used in ...


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