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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.

Fertility figure Biga Mossi
African art > African Statues > Mossi Fertility Figure

African art at the Mossi.
In the category of statues rather than dolls because of its size, this schematic anthropomorphic figure, whose appearance of the head varies by region, represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. The body is completely sheathed in dark brown leather, on which closely wrap cords that oil anointings have stiffened. They are lined with a leather fringe at the neck. Fertility attribute, the chest here blends with the shoulders. The angular, stylized head evokes the feminine crest hairstyle, the parallel incisions, the scarifications and the braids of the ethnic group. Satin brown patina. 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 ...


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Koulango tutelary statuette
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African art Koulango.
This female effigy, goddess or ancestor, features parallel tribal scarifications dotted along the bust, chest and stretched neck. The prominent navel, evocative of lineage and fertility, is advantaged by the incisions in "soleil" that surround it. The meditative face is capped with a high pointed cap whose scales could represent those of the pangolin, animal totem. A prestigious brand, the different necklaces underline its shapes. Satin patina.br-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 ...


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Eboer Diola braided basket
African art > _1 > Vannerie Senegal

French African art collection.
In Lower Casamance, the Diola ethnic group is made up of the Floup, Baïnouk, Mandjak, and Balante. They derive their livelihood from growing rice, eaten reduced to flour. The Mandjak practice weaving. The blacksmiths, from a caste of two families, also work the wood and are supposed to transmit leprosy and cure it. The artisanal life of the Diola is distinguished by the creation of jewelry, ceremonial adornments, weaving, basketry, leather and metal work. Diola in particular produce an abundant basket, baskets for different uses in many forms: this unusual basket, made of rônier fibers, is composed of two cases that fit together and have lids at each end. It appears on page 52 in the book "The Hands of the World "de 'a'0022nofollowU'0022 href-"a ...


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Spoon Lega anthropozoomorphe
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African art > Spoon > Lega Spoon

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
If Bwami aspirants are symbolically fed during initiation ceremonies, the use of African Lega spoons extends similarly to circumcision rites. The instructor places them in the circumcised's mouth so that he bites it during the operation. The bone or ivory spoons kalukili, or kakili , were, however, the preserve of the highest ranks of the Bwami. Their symbolism is associated with masks and statuettes with the proverbs and sayings of lega society. 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 ...

Baga Bansonyi Mask
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African art > African Statues > Baga Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This ancient serpentiform mask, symbolizing a powerful genius, comes from the first Mercier art collection. The volume focuses on one side, the back being flat. The beautiful oiled patina, dark, is soft and lustrous. Repertorating the swollen losangic patterns, vivid polychrome pigments have flaked over time. Presence of desication cracks on the wood. Guy Mercier began a vast collection of primitive tribal art at the beginning of the 20th century. A consultant for the Solvay Group, he has spread throughout West and Central Africa as part of his work. Although he collected in-situ works, the majority of his collection grew from \


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Small mask Baoulé Kplé Kplé du Goli
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African art > African mask > Kple Kple Mask

African art Baoulé.
This circular African mask, known as " junior", with a thin diamond border, with hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding pupils, has a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in reference to the image traditional teeth in young people. Horns meet in a bow at the top. The female mask kplekple, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine is painted black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " family Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns reminiscent of the antelope, is considered in some cases to be a ...

Statue Jukun
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African art > African Statues > Jukun Figure

Ex private French collection of African art.

The resemblance to the Nok is surprising, but it is indeed a Jukun.
The character appears seated, almost curled up on himself.
His proportions are amazing. Indeed, its legs are very thin and long while the nose that could be described as a snout is more reminiscent of zoomorphic representation than anthropomorphic.
The patina is generally smooth and dark. A special feature of this piece, it is carved from an extremely heavy wood known as The "of fer".

The Jukuns are a population of West and Central Africa living mainly in Nigeria in the upper Benue Valley, also in northwestern Cameroon.
As a result of the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria were dispersed into two ...


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Chokwe heaume mask / Lwena Pwo
African art > African mask > Tschokwe Mask

Ex-French African art collection.
This voluminous African Tchokwe mask, with symmetrical features, has wide concave orbits in which the protruding coffee bean eyelids are fitted with a slit for vision. The slit teeth revealed by the gaping mouth are a reminder of traditional Tschokwe uses. The exposed ears are formed of a well-marked pavilion, and decorated with a loop indicated by a brass nail. The keloid marks of scarifications are also highlighted with brass. This mask would feature a woman pwo (woman) or mwana pwo (young woman). However, he is spiritually complete only equipped with his costume and accessories. Each of the many Masks of the Chokwe, in connection with a spirit mukishi (pl. akishi) has an individual name. Most of them take part in the initiation ceremonies of ...


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Dogon Ceremonial Cup
African art > African Statues > Dogon Cup

African art among the Dogon.
Frequent cavalier representations, in the African art of the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. This is the case for this ceremonial cut with a lid on which the hermaphrodite rider holds his mount with a bridle veiling the animal's eyes. The object is entirely coated with a crusty sacrificial coating. Slight gaps and desication cracks. One of the Nommos, 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 named Hogon, was parading on his mount at his induction because, according to custom, he was not to set foot on the ground. In the area of the sangha cliffs, inaccessible ...


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Masque Dan Zapkei
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African art > African mask > Masque Dan

Ex-French African art collection.
This African Mask Dan, collected by 'A'a'0022nofollowU'0022 href-"https://www.etonnants-travellers.com/spip.php?article42" ' Jacques Anquetil , is a mask "de course" (sharp face, round mouths, eyes losang). It was held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Smooth, sained skate. Abrasions and breaks on the contours. hands of the world" editions Solar and ", Africa Noire" to the ed. Dessain and Tolra.Masque entertainment of dan farmers' populations in northwestern Côte d'Ivoire known as Yacouba, he also meets, ...


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Female figure Ngbaka
African art > African Statues > Female figure Ngbaka

The Ngbaka in African art.

Farmers, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups located on the left bank of Ubangui, in the extreme northwest of Congo. Their artistic achievements, very diverse but with few masks, were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called "gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Sèto and his sister-wife Nabo , or the god Gàlè guarantor of fertility. They are placed on altars for rites href-http://www.ngbaka.ugent.be/beliefs'-propitiatory.
The character is wearing circular braids, forming like a cap hanging high above the ears. The eye sockets are dug into almonds at the center of which coffee bean eyelids ...


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Igbo Alussi Figure
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African art > African Statues > Igbo Alussi Figure

In the African art those statues represent a goddess.
It's only during the annual ceremonies that the public may see them. The rest of the year, these statues are grouped by families in houses reserved for them where they are worshiped. We can guess how much the goddess is important by checking the scarification she has. The more they are on her torso and her belly, the higher her rank.
For the Igbo statues this is a typical patina. Partially white with Kaolin and bright red on the other hand. An imposing headdress and a very expressive face prove again the membership of the statue in the ethnic group.


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Figure Baoulé Aboya / Mbotumbo
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African art > African Statues > Baoule monkey figure

This effigy brings together zoomorphic and anthropomorphic elements but evokes a cynocephalic monkey whose hands together have a cut. There are several representations of the same type, with different names depending on the use that is made of them. They were mistakenly named Gbékré (mouse) because of Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to the cult Mbra of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "êtres-force" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baoulé by their Creator, just like the sacred masks of which they share the wide gaping jaw. It would also be a minor deity named barked . For propitiatory purposes, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the spirits to which offerings were ...

Zoomorphic mask bamana Mali
African art > African mask > Mali Mask

Mask from the African art collection of 'a target''blank' href'https://www.lexpress.fr/information/au-fil-de-la-memoire-621601.html'' - Jacques Anquetil , master weaver initiated by the Dogon, author of several books. Beautiful geometric piece with a prominent forehead, seat of knowledge, incised with fine geometric patterns, a powerful nose symbolizing intuition and energy and marked with a straight edge. The toothed jaw is evoked through successive triangular incisions running towards the ears. A break on one of the ears has been restored, a splinter remains at its end. The surface of the mask is matte and velvety, like washed of any oily residue. Light residue of kaolin. Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara ," Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the ...


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Dogon ceremonial hair pin
African art > African bronze > Dogon Pin

Jan Putteneers African Art Collection for sale.

This dogon sculpture, a traditional figurative jewel, adorned with a zoomorphic subject, accompanied the ceremonial dress of religious leaders hogon responsible for the cult of the lebed, the mythical snake, and the priests of Binou. Small metal objects fashioned using the lost wax technique were widespread in the interior delta region of Niger, with copper being made possible by trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on the Bandiagara plateau have uncovered remains of steel sites prior to the 15th century, when the Dogons arrived. Blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work wood. They are also believed to be associated with the primordial beings of the god Ama, ...


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Relic statue Mbete, Ambete
African art > African Statues > Statue Ambete

Ex-German tribal art collection.
Statues of ancestors in the African art of Mbede, Mbete, or AmbeteThe cult of ancestors, among the Mbete, is accompanied by these statues whose dorsal cavity frequently plays the role of reliquary. This statue that was arranged near the relics does not have a cavity for this purpose. The flat face has a characteristic appearance, offering narrow, semi-closed eyelids represented by cauris, a triangular nose in extension of the forehead, a narrow hollowed-out mouth. The hairstyle is arranged in braids gathered in shells and form a horizontal crenellating. Attached to the tubular bust, the arms are folded at a right angle. Concealing the muscular legs whose flexing heralds a ritual dance, a raphia loincloth. Kaolin patina and use of red ochre hues.


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Lobi Bateba Statues
African art > African Statues > Lobi Bateba Statues

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Frontal posture, arms and legs bent, the palms of the hands facing outwards, this feminine Lobi effigy features a naturalistic feature imbued with a meditative and serene expression. This ancient wooden effigy, the Bateba, was 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. The piece was visibly eroded to the feet. Fine lines of desication run through the wood, the appearance of which testifies to remnants of ritual libations in the form of grainy residues. Abraded parts reveal the veining of a light wood. When they are honoured, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, ...


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Boulou figure
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African art > African Statues > Boulou figure

Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art. Embodying the spirit of a great monkey, this particularly expressive figure represents an animal that has been captured. Around his neck are knotted raffia ties. One of the hands is placed on his bulging abdomen, the second resting on his knee. Red brick pigments accentuate the face. The irregular patina is in the form of many crusty matte residues. Desiccation cracks. Located between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fang of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to fight witchcraft and poisonings. Ngi is the gorilla, a formidable animal to which the postulant identifies himself after his acceptance into the secret ...


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Gurunsi crest mask
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African art > African mask > Gurunsi mask

This very simple crest composed of a headdress and two excrescences meeting at the top was used during ritual dances and was worn by the members of the village equipped with integral suits of plant fibers that covered the body. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was properly performed. These masks were also used during funeral ceremonies of notables, to celebrate the passage of initiatory grades or simply for entertainment. On the religious level, the Gurunsi believe in a superior being, Yi, who withdrew from the world after having created it and whose altar occupies the center of the village. Yi sent, to represent him, the spirit Su, incarnated in all the masks and honored by an altar. Among the Gurunsi, Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the ...


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Senoufo Calabash
African art > African Jar > Senoufo Calabash

Object of daily use collected in Mali by Jacques Anquetil, president of the French Crafts, during his study related to the chapter "calabashes and their uses" (page 114 to 125) for his book "Africa, the hands of the world" "to Solar Editions. This spherical vegetable container has a lid that fits into the body of the case. The different elements composing this African object are sewn with the help of a wire of steel, a cord woven in vegetal fibers constitutes it the transport belt. Destined for the storage of medicinal herbs, seeds, honey or milk. Glossy greased surface. The Senoufo, the name attributed to them by the French settlers, are mostly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Elders' councils, headed by an elected chief, administer ...


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Fang Hybrid Mask of So o
African art > African mask > Fang mask

It was during the initiation of the young men at the Fang and Ntumu of southern Cameroon, during the ceremonies of the so or red antelope, that this anthropomorphous African mask with horns was exhibited. The gaze formed of two thin horizontal slits sheltered under the frontal space colored with red, the grimace of the mouth revealing incisions representing the teeth, the contrast of colors, livid and sanguine, were not lacking, during the nocturnal appearances of the mask Fang to provoke some emotion among the initiates. Cracking of the wood on the jugal area. The Fang, formerly named Pahouins, are divided into several sub-groups in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. Their social cohesion rests on the ...


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