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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.

Primitive Idoma currency
African art > Usual african items > Idoma currency

This primitive African currency takes the form of a flared blade that extends from a flat handle. Its surface is hammered with notches forming a regular relief. The lower base, pointed, could be stuck in the ground. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. The transactions were made by means of cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, especially for dowries, but could also be parade objects or jet weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued in relation to iron bars named barriferri. The king generally controlled the production or the conveyance of the currency of the kingdom. The variety of these metal forms is wide, and these sometimes ...


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125.00

Dan Mask /Guéré
African art > African Maternity > Masque Dan

Ex-French African art collection.
One of the variations of African masks dan here is a concave area between the forehead and eyes, half-closed stretched eyelids, and a diamond mouth revealing high incised teeth. Its particularity consists of tubular growths on the cheekbones evoking krou masks, as well as a beard composed of white pearl necklaces and bells sewn on a fringed cloth. The crusty matte patina has polychrome highlights. It was as a result of dreams in which the spirits manifested themselves that the masks were carved according to precise indications so that they could be honored through their appearances. The Dan also sculpt, always according to the instructions of the soothsayer, miniature masks on the model of large masks. They are worn in amulets by children. Dan ...


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Large Mask Baoulé Kpan
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African art > African mask > Baoule Mask

The Baoulé in African art.
This African mask, of unusual magnitude, of the family of Goli , was usually preceded by the circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, the male mask, kplekple yassoua or yaswa , or the female mask 'i' kplekple blah feminine, the Baoulé often designing things in pairs. The antelope mask appeared briefly during the day and then in the evening to announce the arrival of her kinship in the guise of goli glin or kpwan, with the delicate appearance of a young girl with characteristic keloids. This mask is topped with a tiara composed of stylized figures evoking birds. These deniers gather their beaks around a cup with white kaolin. The large face has the delicate appearance characteristic of baoulé portrait masks. The forehead is encased with a hair ...


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Guéré Mask
African art > African mask > Guéré mask

Guere African Art.
The African mask Guéré is known to be a complex piece in terms of both shapes and materials.

Guere masks are singers, dancers or warriors. Here the mask Guéré displays side attributes evoking small arms holding spoons. These large, ceremonial carved spoons belonged to the woman in charge of the young girls' initiation society. Representing the status and power of women, they were brandished during dancefestivities, and used to serve the meal to the notables.

Speckled patina, kaolin residues, residual ritual libation inlays at the top. Desication crack. The Guéré are an ethnic group from a forested region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger people called Wé also including the Wobé ethnic group with which the ...


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350.00

Bozo fish mask
African art > African mask > Bozo Mask

Swiss tribal art collection.
Polychromy Bozo of African art sculptures in Mali
White cream for this former African zoomorphic mask honoring Faro, water genius. Abrasions of use. Splendon on the ridge. The fin joint is concealed by a blue cotton textile. The Bozo, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the niger's inner delta and remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes as seasonal floods occur. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama. Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.Besides their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the puppet theatre Sogow bo which organizes itself on the initiative of ...


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380.00

Zaouli Dance Gouro Gu Mask
African art > Puppets > Zaouli Mask

African art Gouro.
Monoxyle tribal sculpture made in dense wood, it takes the form of a thin feminine face, lacquered in a deep red, topped with two streaked shells accompanied by a volatile figure at the top. A lacquer of contrasting colours has given this African Gouro mask a smooth and shiny surface. Among the group of Mande from the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, the Gouro have been using a family of African masks associated with the dance Zaouli since the 1950s. Like the Goli masks of the Baoulé, all Guro masks come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, which is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman with the criteria of beauty specific to Guro, especially facial scarifications and ...


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380.00

Terracotta jar Niger
African art > African Jar > Jarre Niger

French tribal art collection.
Among the achievements of African terracotta art, a traditional women's activity in Africa, this ritual clay vase is one of several terracotta creations and statuettes collected in the inner niger Delta during its survey on traditional African pottery (P.143 to 151 de-u-0022nofollow" href-"https://www.amazon.fr/Africa-hands-world-Jacques-Anquetil/dp/2263036520" hands of the world" by J.Anquetil, ed. Solar ) by 'a href'U'0022https://www.lexpress.fr/information/au-fil-de-la-memoire-621601.html" Jacques Anquetil , african art collector, actor originally, then introduced to weaving at the Dogons, and author of several books. A container for water or ritual pottery used in traditional ceremonies, the balanced proportions of this sculpture reveal the ...


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Bamileke Bangwa ritual rattle rings
African art > Usual african items > Bangwa Rattle

Ex-Belgian tribal art collection.
The rich production of African art among the people of Cameroonian Grassland is distinguished mainly by traditional wood carving: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and crowned servants, as well as relatives of Twins.
In the important people bamileke in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on the statuary bangwa is notable by relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typical of the Bamileke country, the Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and combativeness. This male figure is indeed camped kneebed, arms spread out of the bust. This dynamic position heralds a ritual dance, a gourd in one hand. The character is atshed ...


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280.00

Baule Kplekple mask
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African art > African mask > Baule mask

African art Baoulé.
This African mask, flat and circular, is the least important in the hierarchy of Goli masks. It is underlined by a frieze of lozenge motifs, provided with hollowed eyes surmounted by protruding pupils, it presents a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in connection with the traditional image of the teeth at the young. It is surmounted by a stylized figure with the same miniature face, represented gripping the summit horns. The female mask kplekple, according to some authors (African Masks Barbier-Mueller, p.116) would be red. Vogel (Baule) indicates that in the Baoule version of the Goli the male mask is painted in red, and the female in black. It is likely that this attribution varies from village to village. Usually preceding the manifestation ...


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Beembé Ritual Spoon
African art > Usual african items > Beembe Spoon

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This statuette with a stretched bust, camped on muscular lower limbs and broad feet, forms the handle of our spoon. The face of a beautiful oval is wearing the characteristic cap. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, almond eyes are hollowed out. There is a crack on the edge of the spoon. Very nice oiled patina honey color. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of The Babembé was influenced by the Rites and Culture Téké, but especially by that of the Kongo.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , village chief, intercede with ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position of a hunter. The idealized representations of male ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by ...


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240.00

Currency Dance Stick Dadiya Jen nyi
African art > African Currencies > Dadiya Currency

Ex-Swiss African art collection.
This primitive iron coin whose blade evokes the head and beak of a bird has a handle whose lower end is wrapped in a metal strip ending in a twisted hook. The top is equipped with a small bell. This weapon originated in the Dadiya of northeastern Nigeria, and its use changed over time into a currency of exchange. Small ethnic groups, such as the Tula, Dadiya, Burak and Jen (or Dza) form an Adamawa-speaking people established in the Upper Benue region. The Dadiya produced wrought iron ceremonial weapons, used by young people initiated during the kal ( nyansanye) and dance spoilers named jen'nyi . In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, ...


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140.00

Pendé Kipoko Mask
African art > African mask > Pende Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection
Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Oriental 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, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief. The Kipoko mask (also known ...


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Eyema Fang Byeri Statues Couple
African art > African Statues > Statues Fang

Ex-French tribal art collection.
Ritual sculptures of African Fang art.
Of majestic proportions, this pair of guardian statues of reliquary " eyema " (from yem: know) presents the characteristic morphology of the protective fetishes of reliquary linked to the traditional rite of the Byéri, cult of the Fang stoms of Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. These statues also appeared during the rites of the So society that structuring the Fang society. The rites of the Ngil, feared by the population, also achieved social justice by unmasking the sorcerers. The so initiations took place every three years, during which boxes containing the relics of ancestors, masks and statues were presented to novices and their symbolism revealed. These slender-bodied effigies show a ...


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Dogon Satimbé Mask
African art > African mask > Dogon Mask

No sacrificial residues on this dogon African art mask, but an oiled surface on the statue and a polychromy on this African mask highlighting its structure. The masks satimbe have the peculiarity of being surmounted by a seated figure, in this case a figure representing Ya Sigine, a woman whose role is to be the counterweight of the male omnipotence in the social and political order within the Dogon society. This figure, Ya Sigine , would embody the mythical ancestor who allegedly stole the masks from supernatural beings, making captive an old Albarga initiated to the secrets of masks. The woman introduced to the Ya Sigine has since been the only woman who can participate in dogon rituals and enjoy a masked funeral. In the ladle at its disposal would be contained the powerful nyama . Ya ...


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390.00

Figure féminine Dogon Dege
African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

African art and dogon mythology
Tribal sculpture whose bust is arranged in different losangic volumes connected by endless arms joining over the protruding sex, this African statue Dogon features decorative motifs in checkerboards and a stylized quadrangular umbilical. A goiter shape supports a head with a tuned features, with large circular ears. Collars and bracelets are drawn on the arms. Metal staples control cracks that have appeared over time. The surface is dull, grainy and dry. According to Geneviève Calame-Griaule, these statues, associated with fertility and motherhood, named dege were intermediaries between men and spirits or geniuses. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals ...


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Bozo Pirogue
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African art > Puppets > Bozo Pirogue

African art among the Bozo.
These, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the bambara country in the niger's inner delta and remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes as seasonal floods continue. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama. Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.Besides their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the puppet theatre Sogow bo which organizes itself on the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in the region of Ségou, and which plays an educational role. The invention of these puppets is attributed to the geniuses of the bush who removed Toboji Centa, a bozo fisherman


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Salampasu Mukinka Mask
African art > African mask > Salampasu Mask

This African Mask of the Salampasu type, covered with a network of copper strips, has a broad bulbous forehead with a non-existent eyebrow line. The almond eyes end in point towards the circular ears, the nasal volume gradually widening towards the cheeks in the center of which the slightly upturned nasal tip reveals the holes of the nostrils. A simply hollowed-out rectangle acts as a gaping mouth in which the teeth are carved. The top cap consists of black-tinted wicker balls. The rim of the mask is lined with perforations in order to attach the raffia adornment to conceal the dancer during ceremonies related to the society of warriors and initiation rites. At funerals, masks could also be displayed in connection with the deceased's previous initiations, and in many cases for ...


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Mende Bundu Sowei Mask
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African art > African mask > Mende Mask

Ex-collection Of Luxembourg African art.
The sowei are an idealized representation of female beauty seen through the Mende culture.They embody aquatic spirits. Featuring scarifications under hollowed-out palpebral slits, this African Mende mask is a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important among mendé. It has a high bulging forehead occupying the upper half of the face, the features concentrating in the lower half. Incisions follow one another between the rings of the neck that evoke an abundance of flesh symbol of prosperity. The bun headdress consists of fine braids picked up in side shells. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Skate to the velvety touch. Localized abrasions revealing a light wood. The Mende, Vaï and ...


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Mask Punu Tsengi Okuyi
African art > African mask > Punu Mask

African art Punu.
Classically wearing a high summit hull, and two small side duvets, the distinctive feature of this regular African tribal mask remains the frontal and jugal stripes, often tinged with red ochre, highlighting the mid-closed look in coffee beans, which would link it to the Tsengi and Ndzébi of the punu-bakaya region. Burgundy red polychromy, white kaolin and dark brown patina. Localized abrasions. The white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning into several levels of initiation, to which the belonged all the Punu men, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scale diuse). The punu did not involve any masks in the ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Statue Songye

Songye African art.
The Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is a protective fetish of the Songye, tribal sculpture with a protective vocation. A horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, rises from its skull. Other cavities on the statues could also hold apotropaic ingredients. The large digitized hands support a protruding abdomen, a witness to the lineage. The wicker-like loincloth with dried bark is made of animal skin. The sculpture is slightly asymmetrical. Dull light brown skate.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the ...


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Giriama Kikangu Funeral Post
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African art > Usual african items > Giriama Post

Belgian African art collection

rectangular post with a narrower section in the center, its top is made up of a human head with austere expression overhanging a long neck. Its straight surface is engraved with triangular and losangic motifs associated with the huts and whose rosette assemblage symbolizes the stars. These decorations also recall the colourful garment that the notables wore and refer to the status to which the deceased acceded during his initiation. The Kikangu or kigango , (plur.: Vigango), made from insect-resistant wood, was placed in a corner of the ancestor's tomb where, as the incarnation of the deceased, he was the object of offerings. The Vigango usually end up being abandoned when the memory of the ancestor incarnated there is extinguished. Very nice ...





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