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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.

Statue Koulango
African art > African Statues > Statue Koulango

African art of the Voltaic regions
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. A feminine figure of fertility, long, she has a ringed neck and a carefully braided hairstyle, divided into several braids coming together in the nape of the neck, and scarifications in the shape of a coffee bean. Hands ...


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Babanki Mask
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African art > African mask > Babanki Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The Babanki live in the northern part of the region called Grasslands . Their neighbours are the Kom, Wum and Bali. Under the influence of the Fulani invaders, many of them converted to Islam. They revered the ancestors who would incarnate in the skulls held by the elders of each lineage. Grasslands brotherhoods use zoomorphic masks, some decorated with pearls, called buffalo masks. They would indeed have the power to transform into an animal. In some lyings however, this mask is replaced by the wooden elephant mask. A symbol of the Fon's prestige, these sculptures were also trodden and present throughout this cultural area. (Animal, Dapper Museum) A stylized tribal sculpture, the volume of the large concave ears is accurately balanced by the ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
African art > African mask > Punu Mask

This African Punu mask features a look made up of thin arched palpebral slits, a protruding mouth, a forehead and temples with nine-scale patterns representing the scarifications U-002mabinda", a double top cap with side duvets. These hairstyles in various forms illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A collar also surrounds the entire head. The face is powdered with white kaolin, the color of mourning, which establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to whom protective and beneficial virtues were attributed. Desication cracks, traces of xylophages. The counterpart of okuyi masks are the black patina ikwara masks, the color of witchcraft, referring to the occult and evil forces.
The okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient ...


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Figure Songye Nkishi
African art > African Statues > Statue Songye

African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) hermaphrodite of Songye, it has a massive head that supports a ringed neck. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen.  The absence of a summit horn is noteworthy. The peculiarity of these fascinating tribal figures most often lies in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face that takes up here the face of the African mask kifwebe, the mouth cracks spread in grin, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Brown patina, slightly sainized. Here, the neck is surrounded by a necklace of colored beads and the protruding abdomen is devoid of magic charge bishimba. The canvas pudding on the hips is supposed to determine the character's rank and does not contain relics. Black wooden base on option. ...


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Statue Vuvi / Mitsogho
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African art > African Statues > Statue Vuvi

African masks and statues from the neighbouring groups of the Punu Shira and Lumbo ethnic groups, the Vuvi, Galoa and Mitsogho, are also coated with white pigments for apotropaic purpose. This figure, dressed in a raffia loincloth, is enhanced with a well-preserved polychromy. With a nose and a triangular mouth highlighted by the bulging cheeks, the face is marked with a black median stripe on the forehead, the one crossing the chin suggesting the beard worn by the Vuvi dignitaries. The look formed of stretched eyelids is a beauty criterion called mighembe . The ethnic group Mitsogho is established in a forested area on the right bank of the Ngoumé River. The society Bwiti shared by other ethnic groups in Gabon, formed the cohesion of the mitsogho families. It has a reliquary system ...


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Female figure Fang
African art > African Statues > Statue Fang

The power of this Statuette of the Byeri is evoked through the protruding musculature with rounded volumes and its hypnotic eyes composed of mirrors. The head recalls the formal appearance of the Byeri's reliquary heads. Its smooth, sained patina is abraded on the protrusions. Traces xylophages. The peoples known as Fang, or "Pahouins", described as conquering warriors, invaded in successive leaps, from villages to villages, the entire vast region between the Sanaga in Cameroon and the Ogooué in Gabon, between the 18th and the beginning of the 20th century. century. They have never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as so and ngil . At the bottom of their boxes, in a dark and often smoky corner, the heads of line-ups were ...


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240.00

Mambila Mask
African art > African mask > Mambila Mask

Mambila sculpture in African art

Population of Bantu origin established in south-eastern Nigeria, but also in the north-west of border Cameroon, near the Mfunte (or Wuli) of the Grasslands, the Mambila (" men" in fulani), who shoot their subsistence from agriculture and livestock, have produced statues embodying ancestors, associated with fertility and prosperity, and masks-heaume for ceremonies closing the planting season. The village chiefs, surrounded by the association mimin, were responsible for ensuring social peace. The cult objects of the Mambila, used by the many powerful initiation associations, also participated in therapeutic rituals and contributed to the protection against witchcraft supposed to be transmitted by women. With an encrusted crusty patina, this ...


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Dan Kran Kaoglé Mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Dan

This African face mask, named Kaoglé, reflects the powerful spirit of a chimpanzee, a totemic animal of some Dan tribes, whose strength and malignancy will prepare for war or social control, through the judicial function. Belonging to the Kran , a subgroup Dan established in a minority in Côte d'Ivoire but especially in Liberia, it has prominent reliefs including a visor front associated with two side sections in semi-circles. The orbital cavities, flat, are pierced into triangles. The gaping mouth is adorned with a thin mustache of animal fork and a beard of raffia. The majestic headdress is embellished with various materials on a wicker frame, cauris, feathers and fabrics, giving an impressive decorative effect. The Kran practice an animist religion, worship their ancestors and are ...


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Eket Crest Mask
African art > African mask > Masque Eket

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Used during the Masquerades related to the Ogbom and honoring the deity of the earth, these masks were stored in the smoke ducts of the houses in order to be protected from insects. Only the men wore african crest masks during the dances that took place in front of the altars. The half-moon eyes, the shape of the upturned nose accompanied by a thin mouth are characteristic of Eket masks. Grainy black brown skate. The Ekets, based in southeastern Nigeria, are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group known for its expressive masks. It is a patrilineal society whose villages are governed by the Ekpo Ndem Isong , a group of elders and heads of extended families. Their decisions are reinforced by members of the Ekpo society who act as messengers of the ...


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380.00

Pende/ Holo polychrome crest mask
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African art > African mask > Pendé Mask

Ex Belgian African art collection.

This polychrome mask would be from the Eastern Pende: the half-closed look "sanze" is a feature of many African masks hanging, the jugal scarifications in parallel strokes and the circular hairstyles evoke those of the ethnic group. More surprising is the summit figure reminiscent of mambila productions. Indigenous restorations have been carried out, resin drips are also visible on the forehead. Patina chipped. The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the oriental 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, ...

Yoruba polychrome memorial statue
African art > African Statues > Yorouba statue

Ex German African art collection.

Stylistically comparable to the small figures of ibeji twins, this African statue of the Yoruba ethnic group is endowed with globular-eyed and facial scarifications in "griffes". The position of the hands, the strange soles with trays, also recall these idealized effigies. A Yoruba proverb confirms: "It is death that transforms an individual into a beautiful sculpture; a living person has flaws. "Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, this type of representation influences the life of the family, becoming a source of benefits to the family, the latter continuing to pray to him and to worship him and Libations. Equipped with accessories such as cauris necklaces and a textile loincloth, it features hands forming a ...


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Yaka polychrome face mask
African art > African mask > Yaka Mask

This African Yaka mask with a handle sports the famous trumpet nose, a distinctive feature of the masks associated with the initiation ceremonies of societies Ngoni and Yiwilla . Their design aroused the creativity of the sculptors whom the chefs rewarded for their talent. The raffia beard is still present, and a wicker frame, on which cotton strips and ropes have been attached, forms a rigid headdress at the top. Surface erosions and traces of xylophages. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, the Yaka society, now established on the banks of the Waamba river in the south-west of the R.D.C. (Western Kasai), was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their Topics. Hunting and the prestige that ensues are an opportunity today for the Yaka to ...


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380.00

Statuette Ovimbundu
African art > African Statues > Statuette Ovimbundu

Ex-Italian African art collection.
Small figurative sculpture of balanced proportions, devoid of ornaments, except for a headdress composed of a large headband and mats gathered in the neck. A single scarification, soaring, emerges from the nose to the forehead. Meditative and serene physionomy with closed eyelids.
This figure may have been associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory, the hairstyle evoking that, fashioned with oil and red ochre, of young girls nyaneka as a result of the ritual efuko . Beige brown satin skate. It is on the Benguéla plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu, composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. They belong to Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka, Handa, Nkhumbi, and other ...


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280.00

Gouro Zaouli Mask
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African art > African mask > Gouro Zaouli Mask

African art Gouro.
Among the group of Mande of 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 lime teeth. The zaouli incarnate a mature man with a beard represented by raffia cords attached to the lower perforations of the mask contours. The Zamblé, on the other hand, embodies a bush animal, usually an antelope. The forehead occupies three-quarters of the top volume of this ...


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Fang hem mask
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African art among the Fang.

The walls of this tribal heaum mask, sculpted by the Fang ethnic group, are decorated with four similar bas-relief faces. At the top, a cruciform ridge refers to the crest hairstyle worn by the Fang, and a central opening used to insert large feathers. Punctures were made to secure the accompanying raffia collar. Linked to the cult of ancestors, the Byery, this mask was responsible for discerning troublemakers, especially sorcerers. He's coming out these days for entertainment parties.

Patine mate, abraded wood, cracked. Incisions forming geometric patterns remain weakly distinct. Formerly known as Pahouins, the Fangs form a very large ethnic group established, following migrations, in Central Africa, in the three republics of Gabon, ...


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Boulou Statue
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African art > African Statues > Boulou Statue

The animal themes Boulou in the African art of Gabon
The arched attitude and hands resting on the abdomen give this African sculpture embodying the spirit of a primate a remarkable expressiveness. The irregular, eroded surface has a patina in the form of many dark crusty residues and the white kaolin that has the primate's appearance contrasts only slightly. Desication cracks.

Situated between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to combat witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal to which the applicant identifies after his acceptance into the secret society.


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Yaka Statue
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African art, the charms of lying
Statue of African tribal art Yaka whose singularity lies in the trumpet nose, phallic symbol also associated with the elephant. These primitive African statues protecting against enemies and related to fertility were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. This statue with a golden patina comes from the vast collection of African tribal art of Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which undertook it from the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \


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Igbo Maternity Figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Igbo

Taking up the face of the African mask Igbo Agbogo Mmwo , this female figure with the learned headdress in tattooed cockles refers to ancestral spirits. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead". This African statue Igbo, depicting a mother breastfeeding her child, could be an allegorical figure in the spiritual relationship between the living and the world of ancestors, or that of spirits. It also evokes the earth goddess, Ala, the embodiment of fertility, which occupies an important place in the Igbo pantheon, among the ancestors and guardian deities alusi . Crusty skate. Polychromy. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political system is complex and ...


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Salampasu Kasangu Mask
African art > African mask > Salampasu Mask

Three types of African masks represent the three ranks of the Salampasu men's society: warriors, chiefs and hunters. All have a bulbous front under which are enshrined in narrow slits between which points an imposing triangular nose. The mouth opens on to teeth cut into spikes, which are shown here by metal spikes. The decorative use of copper and brass, in the form of a small circular headdress and the insertion of cabochons and upholstery nails, embellishes this copy which is divided into two contrasting tones, which helps to offer a sure vision. Eroded contours on the back of the mask. Living from hunting and agriculture, a warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are ...


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Masque Ibibio
African art > African mask > Masque Ibibio

Ex Swiss African art collection.

The surface is entirely covered with furrows on this African mask ibibio with a crest in the form of two birds whose beak meets at the top, forming a graceful ornamental structure. One side has abraded areas, and gaps on the outer contours. The Ibibios are a people of West Africa, mainly present in southeastern Nigeria (Akwa Ibom State), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio set up west of the Cross River. Without centralized government, their social organization is comparable to that of neighbouring Igbo. The cult of ancestors is under the authority of the highest-ranking members of the Ekpo. They use masks such as the idiok, linked to fallen spirits, and the mfon, representing saved ...


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Ngombe-type jet currency/knife
African art > Usual african items > Ngombe Currency

Ex-French African art collection.
In the north-west of Zaire, south of Oubangui, live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbours are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various groups banda . They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, including health and prosperity. Their jet knives used for hunting were used as coins. This faucille knife with a handle wrapped in twisted copper wire has a blade coated with a chipped oxidized patina. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of parade or ...


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