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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.

Dogon Altar Figures
African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

French African art collection.
Fertility Allegories, also associated with the mythical beings of the dogon cosmogon, these female figures evoke crouching parturientes whose hands meet on either side of their heads. The central element to which they are leaned recalls, in miniature, the pillars of the houses of the ancients, Toguna. These pillars are usually adorned with a dege (protective genius with multiple meanings). Although the Toguna are reserved for men, the poles are decorated with female representations or fertility-related symbols. Sculpted mostly to order by a family and in this case arranged on the family altar Pull Kabou , the Dogon tribal statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of ...


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380.00

Statue Shango Yoruba
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African art Shango
This effigy of tribal art, a follower of the god Shango , judging by the double headdress and the ornaments it is adorned with, sits in order to make offerings. The emblem of the god of lightning and social justice, Shango , is a set of stone axes that he is supposed to throw from the sky during storms. The deities of the rivers are also represented by stones and by the water of the rivers associated with them. This stylized headdress representing stone axes signals the connection between the male sky and the female earth, while the child behind its back symbolizes lineage. Dark matte patina, protrusions whose luster reveals a light golden brown. The company yoruba is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While egbe men's society reinforces ...


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300.00 € 240.00 ( -20.0 %)

Ancestor figure Dogon
African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

Ex-French African art collection.
Posture of a rider rather atypical for this female figure: perched in kneeling position, she also presents a face revealing a deep meditation. The beard suggests an ancestor hermaphrodite figuration, swollen belly pregnancy. According to Geneviève Calame-Griaule, these statuettes, associated with fertility and motherhood, named dege were intermediaries between men and spirits or geniuses. A dark brown patina covers the entire room whose wood bears the imprint of age: cracks and cracks. These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of periods of seeds and harvests. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the ...


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Mumuye Sukuru Shoulder Mask
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African art > African mask > Mumuye Mask

The Mumuye in African art.
South of the Benoué River, in an area of difficult access that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups named dola . Their statues iagalagana were stored in a box, tsafi, reserved for this purpose, while another box, java , housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige . This type of mask is found in the northwest region of the benue middle, from Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations. The statuary emanating from this area is distinguished by 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 ...


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975.00 € 750.00 ( -23.1 %)

Mangbetu Trio of Musicians
African art > African Statues > Mangbetu Trio of Musicians

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
In the West, the Mangbetu are famous for the diversity of their artistic materials including a wide range of everyday objects, instruments and ornaments of African art. However, they are also renowned among their neighbours for the quality of their architecture and in particular their temples, which led them to be commissioned by the latter to design such architectural gems for them. Mangbetu statues, although rare, are easily identifiable by their light orange wood and characteristic headdress. This headdress represents the ideal canon of beauty within the mangbetu aristocracy. From an early age, the children were compressed from the cranial box, which was tightened by raffia bonds. Later, the young women \


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380.00

Statuette Lega Nkumba or Mulima
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Ex-Italian African art collection.
African tribal statuette janiform without arms and endowed with a single foot in "z", belonging to an insider of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations. According to Elisabeth L.Cameron, these zigzag effigies are linked to the high-ranking women of Bwami whose phallic-shaped headgear is also named nkumba . When the figure is carried upside down, it is then called mulima (bat). The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit ...


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240.00 € 180.00 ( -25.0 %)

Bamileke Face Mask
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African art > African mask > Bamileke Mask

The African art of the Bangwa, sub-ethnic Bamileke, in the African art of the Grasslands of Cameroon
Residual inlays of "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood some of which are smeared during the ceremonies of rejoicing, and which, after being grated, is kept in carved wooden containers, alternate with a crusty matte patina. Protruding features make up an expressive appearance, characteristic of the Bangwa village. Indigenous repair. The Bamoun live in an area that is both full of wooded reliefs but also savannahs. This large territory called Grassland in southwestern Cameroon is also home to other close ethnic groups such as the Bamiléké and Tikar. Stylistically, one feels the influence of this interethnic promixmity by common traits on the pieces of art, such ...


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380.00 € 280.00 ( -26.3 %)

Dogon Bombou-toro ancestor figures
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Ex-French African tribal art collection.
These mythical protective figures no doubt evoke the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos , at the origin of the creation of dogon. Their tribal style is characteristic of the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. An antique piece acquired by the owner in a gallery in Aix in Provence, it is part of an important collection of Dogon objects. Small ovoid heads with crests extending over the faces above discoid chin straps. The stretched arms accompany a long bust including the abdominal protruding, and the position of the hands on the lower abdomen, affirms lineage and fertility. Dry skate, eroded wood. Cracks. Mostly custom-carved by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they ...


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320.00

Kuba heaume mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

Related to the African mask Bwoom, this copy shows two ram horns behind zoomorphic ears. Its surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted tone on tone, while a metal veneer adorns its forehead. Tapestry nails, pearls and cauris make up a rich decoration that feathers complete on the headdress at the top. The circular base is also lined with a juxtaposition of contrasting beads, cauris and a line of hair. Vision was possible through perforations of the cheekbones. These masks mainly related to the initiation rites babende also participated in the funeral rites intended to appease the spirit of the dead, "mween" .
More than twenty types of masks are used in Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group.
Three types of masks have been associated with ...


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Kongo fly-hunting
African art > Usual african items > Kongo Fly Hunt

Ex-Swiss African art collection.
An anthropomorphic handle is the handle of this flyhunt. The statuette has a glass-encrusted look with black pupils, evoking an acute spiritual perception. The high diginitary headdress is replaced here by a tuft of crins fixed in the wood. The nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through these consecrated figures. Aggressive witchcraft kindoki is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, nkisis protective figures are made and loaded by the nganga with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal. It is not the morphology of the sculpture that determines its use, but everything that is added to the receptacle built for this destination. This implies that the Nkissi does ...


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280.00

Gelede Yoruba Mask-Heaume
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African art > African mask > Yoruba Mask

The Gelede in African art.
In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask in the form of a janiform hem is accompanied by its costume in cotton cloth and colorful velvet. It is used for the rejoicing dances of the Gelede society, and on the occasion of the funeral of its followers. Two smaller faces fit sideways on the mask, associated with one of the many gods of the Yoruba pantheon.These masks occur in pairs, each with a specific name. Under the mask, two openings lined with cauris have been arranged in the fabric for the dancer's vision. The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers through a cult of fertility, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and which can be used for profit but also ...


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750.00 € 580.00 ( -22.7 %)

League figurines
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African art > African Statues > League figurines

Ex-belgian African art collection.
Identifiable by its context of use, this male statue belonged to an insider of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. She could only be seen at that time. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exhibited, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these objects, real metaphors referring to largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven ...


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370.00 € 280.00 ( -24.3 %)

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

Ex-belgianAfrican art collection.
Knee, hands arranged on either side of his prominent abdomen, this Lobi statue has a face with a meditative and serene face. Eyelids closed in a head with naturalistic features. 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. When they are honoured, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, numerous births; Ignored, they remove it and lead to devastating epidemics, drought and suffering.
These spirits pass on to the soothsayers the laws that followers must follow in order to receive their protection.
They are represented ...


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350.00

Ibibio/Eket panel mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Ibibio

Ex-collection French African art.
Of unusual structure, this panel mask is made up of two face masks, flat, on which stand out similar faces. Pupils are pierced in a fairly realistic facies bleached with kaolin and associated with the spirit world. The characteristic of the lower part of the faces seems to be borrowed from the movable jaw masks linked to the Ekpo des Ibibio company, which is also found in the Ogoni. The Ekets also carve lunar masks for the Ekpo Society's agricultural festivals and funeral ceremonies. Crusty and matte patina. 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 ...


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380.00 € 280.00 ( -26.3 %)

Songye fetish statuette
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Songye

Ex-collection Swiss African art.
Statuette-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic, her arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin often blends into a beard, the cracks of the mouth spread in grin, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Brown, sained skate. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. ...


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280.00 € 180.00 ( -35.7 %)

Yoruba Altar
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African art > African Statues > Yoruba Altar

Ex-collection English African art.
Set of characters sculpted in a round-bump, it presents a central female figure, equipped with a scepter, and perched behind a rider on an equine. The woman could represent one of the many deities Yoruba, goddess of the Earth or the goddess of the river, Lajomi, who is frequently depicted with planty breasts and a protruding belly in reference to fertility and nutrition. The bird could be a pigeon, volatile that the Yoruba offer as a sacrifice to their gods. Linear scarifications mark the faces of the characters in order not only to increase their physical beauty, but also to identify the rank or origin of its wearer. Body marks could be permanent or temporary, such as tattoos made from insect or plant juices, especially for court dignitaries or ...


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Luba Cariatid Taburet
African art > African Chair > Luba Cariatid Taburet

Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.

These pieces are identified as inspired by the works of buli's Master who developed this style in the mid-19th century. A set of pieces with the same aesthetic characteristics is indeed famous in the luba statuary and is to be attributed to a sculptor or group of sculptors, opinions diverging according to the authors, under the name "Master of Buli".

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their stools consisting of one or two cariatids holding, with the help of arms and their skulls, a circular seat.
Complex scarifications are engraved on the chest and arms of the female character. The facial features are typical as well as the headdress pulled backwards.

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Statuette Ibedji Yoruba
African art > African Statues > Statue Ibedji

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
With a arrangement of braids arranged in crest, this female statuette was sculpted in a summary, almost abrupt way for the abdomen. The shimmering necklace that adorns his neck is made up of dazzling glass beads. Its particularly lustrous surface has acquired a velvety softness. Orange residues of vegetable powder remain on the base, and indigo has been spread over the face and headdress. Desication cracks appear on the object. Coming from the vast collection of African tribal art of Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which undertook it at 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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Gelede Anago-Yoruba Mask-Heaume
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African art > African mask > David Gabat

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and who can be used for profit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are supposed to urge mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for a peaceful and constructive purpose, for the good of society. This mask could evoke Muslims in Yoruba society, to honor their business and leadership qualities, but also, sometimes, to mock their attempts to eradicate indigenous beliefs including the Gelede cult. (Source: Africa, ed. Prestel)This African Gelede mask ...


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550.00 € 380.00 ( -30.9 %)

 Iphri Urhobo Statue
African art > African Statues > Iphri Urhobo Statue

Anthropomorphic composition, this African art object urhobo is formed of a character whose lower limbs are metamorphosed into a spiritual entity living in water, in the form of a mythical creature with gaping mouth.

vertical parallel scarification on the forehead, and a vertical indigo-tinted band.The mouths aggressively reveal teeth cut in point.The headdress of the character would be inspired by the crowns of dignitaries of the old kingdoms. were usually kept on altars, and on rare occasions they were carried in crests during dances or ceremonies. The Urhobos, living near the northwestern Niger Delta River, form the main ethnic group of the Delta State among the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They speak Urhobo, a language of the Niger-Congo group. With Isoko ...


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385.00

Idoma crest mask
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African art > African mask > Idoma Crest

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Idoma live at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. The influence of their Igbo neighbours, the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups, generated great tribal similarities and stylistic borrowings. 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 male society Kwompten , meanwhile, used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals. A long wicker neck directs the gaze towards a head representing an idealized woman, whose braids are held together by a braid to form a ...


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480.00 € 350.00 ( -27.1 %)





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