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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.

Guéré Wheat Gla Mask
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African mask of the Wé, ethnic group of western Côte d'Ivoire. The Dan, to the north, and the Wé of the south (including the Guéré, the Wobé of the north-east and the Wé of Liberia called Kran or Khran ), have made frequent borrowings due to their proximity, making the attribute delicate. n specific parts. This mask revolves around a concave surface similar to that of some dan masks, but in this case exuberant features in the form of globular eyes, a stunned nose and a broad protruding mouth highlighted by a red tissue and revealing a dentition are added to it. This Guéré mask also features a large crown of cauris and a thick necklace that mixes fabric, bells, wooden sticks and raffia. The patina is dyed with honey and medium brown tones, and kaolin residue around the eyes. The masks of ...

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380.00 € 280.00 ( -26.3 %)

Metoko / Kakungu League figurinettes
African art > African Statues > Statue Metoko

The Metoko in African tribal art.
This small statuette with collected volumes is camped on large digitized feet, the hips surrounded by a raffia bond evoking a loincloth. A nasal ridge joining the top of the forehead, eye lozenges, a small mouth drawn in the wood.  Numerous scarifications, written in alternating parallel lines, reveal the character's status, which would play a worthy old man who has been a victim of witchcraft, kakungu. In the hollow of these furrows kaolin pigments have become embedded, giving a light beige patina to the object.
Katungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, rare monotheism in Africa. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent ...

Chokwe Ngulu Zoomorphic Mask
African art > African mask > Chokwe Mask

The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda , which makes use of about thirty African masks, made of wood, for various social purposes and related to ancestors: the mask cikugu, the cihongo , the mask pwo, kalelwa, cikunza, but also this type of animal mask, the ngulu , which was worn on a basketry base. It was also accompanied by coloured cotton fabrics and various small objects. The obscene behaviour that accompanied his exhibition contrasted with the other masked dances. A ribbed pattern perpendicularly crosses the object, from the groin to the end of the skull. Narrow eyeballs with perforated pupils are placed obliquely, while pointed ears animate the surface. A polychrome brush was used on the surface. The Bantu-grown Tschokwe had settled in eastern Angola, but ...

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Masque Komo, Kumu Nsembu
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Primitivism in The African Art Komo
Ancient African Mask of Circumcision, from Ituria. A losangic embossed mark reminiscent of the tribal keloid scar is drawn on the forehead of our African Komo mask. This shape renews itself on the chin. On either side, two eyes highlighted in white are summarily hollowed out in almond. The gap of the mouth reveals a cut-out evoking a dentition. The edge is lined with perforations in order to be able to attach the raffia fibers forming collar concealing the dancer, absent on this specimen. Circular patterns were manually applied to the surface of the object. Pigment salities, erosions.
The Kumu live mainly in the North-East and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely ...

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Dogon Mask
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African art among the Dogon.
More than eighty types of African masks are listed among the Dogon, the best known of which are the Kanaga, Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of them are used by circumcised society insiders Awa , during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and all the Dogons in the service of the masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African dogon art. The mask's life force, the U-002nyamaU,0022, is activated by various rituals to develop the object's full magical potential. This copy is one of the many stylistic variations of dogon masks, icons of dogon tribal art. In heavy wood with a dry surface, rough lines consist of a forehead whose protruding is triangular cavities on either side of the classic ...

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Kongo fetish statuette
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African art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

Ex-Swiss African art collection.
In place of the magic charge U-002bibilongo" located on the abdomen, this naturalistic Kongo effigy has this time a protrusion adorned with a pattern forming a female sex. The distortion of the mouth evoking pain, it is probably a mediating figure, protective, therapeutic or associated with circumcision. The patina combining different shades of brown has acquired a satin feel. Desication grooves. The magic ingredients "bilongo" were frequently concealed in the receptacle on the abdomen of the face, which was otherwise sealed by a mirror. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Aggressive witchcraft kindoki is the absolute evil that must be ...

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250.00 € 180.00 ( -28.0 %)

Dogon Satimbé Mask
African art > African mask > Dogon Mask

Ex-african art collection: Aidara.
This African face mask with a crest in the form of a statue bearing the attributes of the dogon woman is only part of the mask: for the Dogon, the whole mask consists not only of the wooden element to conceal the face of the dancer but also the fibre costume accompanying him. In the ladle at its disposal would be contained the powerful nyama . Grainy patina, kaolin residue. The female figure at the top, Ya Sigine , would play the mythical ancestor who allegedly stole the masks from supernatural beings, making a captive old Albarga initiated to the secrets of masks. The woman initiated at the Ya Sigine is since then the only woman who can participate in dogon rituals and benefit from a masked funeral. More than eighty types of African masks are ...

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Statue of ancestor Beembé Kitebi
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African art > African Statues > Statue Béembé

Intricate lyeloid tattoos, distinctive of African tribal art beembé as well as the headdress and beard, are reliefed on the elongated bust this figure camped on large digitized feet. These scarifications bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which an individual has been subjected. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, almond eyes are encrusted with horn. Desication cracks. Mahogany brown patina with icy highlights. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small Babembé group was influenced by the Teké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. The Beembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , chief of the village, ...

Totem figure Kouyou
African art > African Statues > Statue Kouyou

African tribal art Kouyou.
Figure with her arms attached to the scarred bust, she sports necklaces, bracelets and scarifications. This African statue Kouyou is encased with an orange-pink pigmented dye, the mouth reveals sharp teeth. She is also wearing a totem animal. It rises from a base that is adorned with three faces with a face identical to its own. Two totem clans once formed the Kuyu ethnic group, living along the river of the same name, in the northwest of the People's Republic of Congo: in the west that of the panther, and in the east that of the snake. A secret male association, Ottoté , played an important political role in the appointment of leaders. The initiation of the young men ended with the revelation of the snake god Ebongo represented in the form of a head. The ...

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Statue Dan
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Ex-german African art collection.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, a Malinké people also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of dan masks have been identified, each with a specific function. Statuary is rare, mainly made up of female portraits me , of favorite wives. These are not incarnations of spirits or effigies of ancestors, but prestigious figures representing living people, often commissioned by ...

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Mossi Mask
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African art at the Mossi.
It is in the northern centre of the Mossi country that this type of convex African masks, with a prominent central ridge, are carved. This abstract head copy, with a zoomorphic character, is distinguished by hollowed-out holes in triangles overlooking a tubular nose shape. A central horn splits into a blade between the small vertical ears. Geometric patterns imbued with kaolin are dug on the matte and grainy surface. Stylistic similarities are sometimes noted with the zoomorphic masks of the dogon, a neighbouring people. Mossi masks, personal or lignagers, are an embodiment of tutelary spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect the crops. Genuine altars without their costume, they can receive libations ...

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Statuette Attié
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African art of the lagoon populations of Côte d'Ivoire.
The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire include mainly Attié, Akyé, Ebrié and Abouré. Their sculptures offer many similarities. These kingdoms had the first commercial establishments offering gold, ivory, slaves and pepper to the West.Among the group of Akan , the Attié , of Akye-Fo, ", the holders of the Blade", divide among the those in the North and those in the South. The Attié , palm oil producers, also harvest yam, corn and bananas. Their traditional and festive ceremonies are an opportunity to flaunt a wide variety of objects, some of them gold or gold-covered. (source: Ivory Coast Treasures, F.Neyt) Camped on wide feet, the female figure holds a hairstyle or a load on his head with his arms raised. The conical ...

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Masque Dan Kaoglé
African art > African mask > Wé Wobé Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
With the Dan, it is in order to be honored that spirits manifest themselves in dreams. They then indicate the details of the masks to be made. African Dan masks, of varying size, usually occur during highly theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. Each mask has a name related to its function. The mask kagle , kaoglé , with triangular reliefs, was exhibited in joyful evolutions during which the dancer threw sticks at the audience. 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. The dark patina, lustrous, African masks of the Dan, was obtained by immersion in mud baths. Presence of dessication cracks. Mr. ...

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Primitive African Currency / Serpe Matakam
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Ex-Italian African art collection.
The Matakam also called Mafa are a population of Central Africa, mainly present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria.They are known to have been the first in contact with German settlers. Monotheists, they believe a "god of humans" named Jigilé whose spelling can vary. Nevertheless, they remain animistic and therefore make sure to attract and retain the benevolence of the forces of nature. The ancestors being the mediators between the world of the living and Jigilé, the Matakam practice the cult of ancestors. 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, ...

Fétiche Songye Nkisi
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African tribal art and ritual fetishes
Statue-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic, its broad forearms are positioned around a protruding abdomen at the center of which the umbilical, hollowed out in cupule, received a cup Magic charge. Decorated with multicolored round and tubular pearl necklaces, in connection with the necklace symbol of the seven-year cycle of the association of bukishi , it is also dressed in a raphia loincloth. A cushion wrapped in reptile skin, perhaps the tail of the animal, is attached under its rib cage. At the top of his skull stands a horn, sealing the opening in which ritual elms were also introduced. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends ...

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Fang Horned Mask
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Ex-French African art collection.
It was during the initiation of young men among the Fang and Ntumu of southern Cameroon, during the ceremonies of the so or red antelope, that this African anthropozoomorphic mask with horns bent backwards was exhibited. The look formed of two thin horizontal slits sheltered under protruding eyebrows, the grimace of the mouth revealing the dentition, the contrast of colors, livid and blood, were not lacking, during the nocturnal appearances of the Fang mask, to cause a some emotion among the initiates. Erosions and xylophageal attacks now stopped. The Fang, formerly known as Pahouins, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. Their ...

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Dogon ointment box
African art > African bronze > Dogon Box

This African tribal object was probably designed to preserve active medicinal preparations prepared from the advice of elders who had been introduced to the science of trees or " jiridon ". On the lid is an effigy of the mythical ancestor Nommos , genius associated with the creation of the world, guarantor of health and fertility. The latter is supposed to activate the healing power of the active ingredients. The walls are decorated with allegorical decorative motifs, such as wave friezes and spiral patterns. Supported by four zoomorphic feet, the object is endowed with horse heads at one end, riders and their mounts, symbols of power and wealth since rare, constituting a recurring theme in African art, especially in Mali.L' together is enhanced with a light green patina with golden ...

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Mask Idoma Akweya
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Ex-French African art collection.
The Idoma , who are probably descendants of the Akopo, live at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs include Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. The royal lineage members of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the Kwompten men's society used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals. The anthropomorphic face masks of the group akweya , Akpa district also called Okua, occur mainly during ...

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Dogon couple figures
African art > African Statues > Statues Dogon

Ex.belgian African art collectionr-These mythical protective figures no doubt evoke the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos , at the origin of the dogon creation. Ovoid heads whose nasal ridge joins the crest rest on discoid chin straps. The volume of the body sculpted into a block is presented in sharp, stylized planes, arms attached to the bust, an umbilical protrusion affirming lineage, and semi-flexed legs seeming to sink into a circular base. Dry crusty skate. Cracks in desications. Mostly custom-carved by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, ...

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N tomo Bambara Mask
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African art and masks of initiation ceremonies
It is during the initiation ceremonies of young boys relating to the society of the Ntomo and shared with their neighbors Malinke , that the Bambara make these masks dance.
The long, slightly buzzed nose reminds us that the Bambara favour this organ in their tribal statuary, because it evokes the sociability and cohesion of the clan. The bulging forehead is incised with thin lines forming diamonds. The crest consists of a round-bump sculpture, representing an antelope. At the back are six vertical horns. Oiled and matte dark brown patina. The groups of artisans bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and ...

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Feather Crown Hat Ten Bamileke Juju
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The bird's head and symbolism in traditional African art.
This authentic hat called ten, composed of vermilion feathers of the parrot Psittacus erithacus , was worn during a ceremony obeying a set of rules established by ancestors for thousands of years. Originality, it can be folded when not worn. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. The red feathers of the touraco wings also marked the entry into the adult world. In Cameroon's Grassfields region, men were required to wear headgear under any circumstances. But to add feathers, it required the authorization of the fon.

It was during the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the hierarchical warrior brotherhood Kuosi, Kwosi , ...

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