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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.

 Kuba Moshambwooy Mask
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African art > African mask > Kuba Moshambwooy Mask

Ex Belgian art collection.

Although there are many stylistic variations of the African Moshambwooy mask, the most prominent features of it are invariably the stripped face but especially a headdress made of human hair and the intensive use of cowrie shells. More than twenty types of masks are used among Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from one group to another. Three types of masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal enclosure: the first, called Moshambwooy, represents Woot, the founder of the Bushoong, the hero of the culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), embodies the wife / sister of Woot, a character allegedly introduced to give more prominence to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom. As a ...


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Ambete anthropomorphic forge bead
African art > African mask > Ambete anthropomorphic forge bead

Ex-collection French African art.
Two buckets covered with animal skin, which are firmly held by braided raffia ties, and each lined with a handful of wood, extend with a nozzle ending with a metal tip. The stylized head, with a two-tone patina, has two side panels framing a flat face. At the mouth, two appendages form a strange mustache. As the object is laid flat, the rear surface has characteristic erosions. According to an ancestral technique, these suffocators maintained the fire permanently for a few days. The apprentice blacksmiths were introduced by the elders to the sexual symbolism of the forge bellows. Beautiful patina of use. Controlled xylophageal attacks. It is at the border of Middle Congo and Gabon that the Mbété , Ambété , who claim a Kota.Brazza origin discovered ...


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Pendé Minganji Mask
African art > African mask > Pendé Minganji Mask

Ex-collection Belgian African Art

The Western Pende live on the banks of Kwilu, while the Orientals settled on the banks of Kasaï downstream of Tshikapa.The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted themselves on their large tribal art sculpture, and within this diversity the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc ... The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji like our copy, represent for their part the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, rituals d initiation and circumcision mukanda, enthronement of the chief ...


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Gelede Yoruba Mask
African art > African mask > Gelede Yoruba Mask

The crests in traditional African art. African Masks Gélédé are dedicated to elderly women or mothers who can no longer conceive", and are reputed to have both beneficent virtues, promoting fertility, and other harmful, such as witchcraft. During rigorously organized ceremonies, each dancer embodies the deity or the personage designated by the mask he wears. This "appropriation" is not without danger, so prayers are pronounced and medicines are prepared for masked dancers. Although Gèlèdè and Égun are both Yoruba or Nago masks, they should never meet on the same stage, the same dance floor. There is no hostility or antagonism between them, but it is not good that they cross each other. On a common cultural background, they belong to two different realities. In a gelled ceremony in which ...


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Dan Maou Mask
African art > African mask > Dan Maou Mask

The chin of this feminine face of African art Dan blends into a long curved bird's beak.

Wrapped with two braided hulls, the face that borrows the features of the mask deanglé exalting beauty, hesitating between two natures, is transformed This kind of composition is recurrent in the African tribal statuary. The North Dan people of Yacouba of Ivory Coast and the Maou of Touba, after borrowing them from the neighboring Mande people, use them in ceremonies. secret male, including the Koma des Maou and the Poro des Dan society.This beak would evoke the turaco, king of the birds.Two-tone brown-beige patina.Red pigments inside the beak.Residus of white kaolin on the eyelids.The masks Dan, of varied bill, usually occur during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play ...


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Primitive monnaie Ga  anda
African art > Usual african items > Primitive monnaie Ga' anda

In the history of African art these iron blades were used as bargaining chips but also for offerings, wedding dowries and of course for great festive and ceremonial occasions. African tribal art is very rich. The Ga'anda, located on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, are known for their terracotta for funerary rites. Before the colonial era, Payments in Africa have never been made by means of coins: transactions were made with products considered precious, because they are rare, useful, or desirable: cattle, pieces of cloth, pearls, cowries, salt, kola nuts, and especially metals ... But it was iron that attracted attention, which soon became the unit of measure against which all other commodities were evaluated. " L. Adler " Objects afr icains " ed.


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Reliquary figure Fang Byéri
African art > African Statues > Reliquary figure Fang Byéri

French African art collection.
Female ancestor effigy with unusual round head. The feet are missing, the posterior stalk eroded. Metal washers with a brass cabochon in the center form the character's hallucinated gaze. The sculptor opted for a geometric mouth, revealing incised teeth. The legs, apart, have massive thighs and disproportionate shins. 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 ...


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320.00

Vili Kongo Figure
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African art > African Statues > Vili Kongo Figure

Ex-collection of Belgian African art

The Vili, the Lari, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by the Ntotela king, whose kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century. with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade, and in the same way beliefs and traditions, they produce a statuary endowed with a codified gesture related to their vision of the world.An oval base supports this female character who maintains, face to him, a similar effigy of reduced size, child or young initiate. According to Robert Farris Thompson, it would be a mother who submits to the healer a problem that meets his child, conferring on the object a therapeutic goal. However, effectiveness will depend on the nganga healer responsible for the ...


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Kanaga Dogon Mask
African art > African mask > Kanaga Dogon Mask

"African art among the Dogon In funeral rites, the members of Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the house of the dead, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. Kanaga is also used to protect the hunters from the vengeance of the prey that he has killed.This copy is designed according to a recurrent structure: a horizontal central plank, whose bottom in this case forms an anthropomorphic mask and zoomorphic to the Rectangular features, with " double arms " securely fastened with leather straps, with ends pointing upwards and downwards Geometric patterns of a dark brown vegetable dye are applied on its surface, cutting edge with the raw wood with libatory vestiges The conical mouth is reminiscent of a bird's beak Rough surface, natural crustal ...


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Court Dwarf Benin Bini Edo
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African art > African bronze > Court Dwarf Benin Bini Edo

In African art, the art of Benin is described as an art of court because it is closely associated with the king, known as Oba.

There are also dwarves from the entourage of King intended to entertain him. Character with generous forms, the example presented is distinguished by its headdress and beard made of small pins. The Ife bronze courthouse tradition dates back to the 14th century. The many bronze heads and statues created by the artists of Benin were reserved for the exclusive use of the inhabitants of the royal palace and, most often, placed on altars dedicated by each new Oba.


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Double Bamileke Ritual Bell
African art > Djembe TamTam > Double Bamileke Ritual Bell

French African art collection.
Arms, jewellery, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths of many African cultures, such as blacksmiths turned kings (Zaire), the anvil hammer being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, the metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. This double gong, in its simplicity, was a sacred instrument and the emblem of one of the many male societies of the peoples of Grassland, the Kwifoyn, whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden rods on hollow metal announced the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also prestigious objects, ...


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Dan Wakémia double spoon
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African art > Usual african items > Dan Wakémia double spoon

Ex-collection French African art

symbols of hospitality in traditional African art For the Dan of Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, of its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and the spirits that populate it.To these spirits settle, a specific area of ​​the forest is designated and still preserved outside the villages dan. are also required in order to communicate through these spirits.Different types of dan masks have been listed, each with a specific function.The Dan tribal art is also distinguished by its everyday objects, of which the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia, used during festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly ...


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Marotte Tékétéké Kuyu
African art > Usual african items > Marotte Tékétéké Kuyu

Ex-collection of French African art.
Iconic figure for dance kibe-kibe,or Ebokita (S.Diakonoff) this stick ends with a round-bump sculpture depicting a character perched on two similar faces, in connection with the mythical ancestor Oso . The white face has scarified patterns, and the mouth reveals sharp teeth. He is wearing a small animal. The body is also covered with scarifications. Long cracks in desication. Object comes with adapted base. In the past, the Kouyou were divided into two totem clans: to the west the Panther, and to the east the snake clan. 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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550.00

Punu carquois
African art > Usual african items > Punu carquois

Saverio Collection of African Art.
This Punu archery object has a base consisting of two characters tied back to back. The latter feature tribal checkerboard scarifications, mabinda, on the forehead and abdomen, and the hulled hairstyles characteristic of the region. The cylindrical body of the quine is wrapped in finely braided raffia and fitted with a cotton fabric conveyor belt. Natural raw patina. Punu women produce items made of baskets, baskets, baskets, pods, mats, thanks to a vine named mambe, and rushes. They are also in charge of the pottery they trade in Lumbu and Tsogo. Like men, they are grouped into initiation associations. Before any warlike confrontation, a visit to the nganga was necessary: he collected the right plants and made sacrifices to honor the protective ...


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Punu Tutelary Figure
African art > African Statues > Punu Tutelary Figure

This Figure of African Art of Punu origin features a hairstyle consisting of a double padded top shell extending into the nape of the neck and accompanied laterally by two duvets. An oval face with a pointed chin has classic features. On the bust of the motifs depicting the checkered keloids extend from the chest to the protruding umbilical. These checkerboard scarifications were engraved on the skin of teenagers.
Dedicated to the worship of ancestors, to the rites of healing or divination, she shares with the Kongo a peculiarity that consisted of introducing magical ingredients into a deep hole pierced for this purpose in the headdress.
The Punu are a Bantu people from Central Africa settled mainly in southern Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. They ...


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Kongo Yombé Oracle Box
African art > Usual african items > Kongo Yombé Oracle Box

Saverio Collection of African Art.
A set with a receptacle whose lid is made up of a gourd, a female figure adopts the attitude of the notable Kongo, crouching, hands resting on his knees. The wide-spread face has the characteristics of the kongo style: the gaping mouth revealing slender teeth. The eyes have hollowed-out pupils evoking trance following visionary states. Tribal scarifications are also still distinct on the shoulders. This object was intended for the ritual of divination under the guidance of the nganga diphomba , specialist responsible for detecting any form of witchcraft and its consequences on social life, health, etc. A grainy matte patina covers the room. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of ...


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Dignitary Chokwe s stool
African art > African Chair > Dignitary Chokwe's stool

Ex-collection of Swiss African art.

an object of importance enhancing the prestige of its owner, it invokes the protection of the ancestors by the sculpted heads at the ends.The curved seat is underlined with brass, frequent ornamentation of tribal works Chokwe In the continuity of the heads are born the solid arched feet of the seat.

Very beautiful patina of use on the seat. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus ...


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Mask helmet janiforme Markha
African art > African mask > Mask helmet janiforme Markha

The Markha in African art.

These two longiform brass-plated faces meet at the top in a single ridge topped with multicolored pompoms. On either side of the crest, strips of red cloth, held by openwork strips of tin, cover the helmet. Typical of the marka and bambara sculpture, the noble rectilinear nose, organ of the senses and sociability, is enhanced by metal strips. A small mouth ajar lips projecting on the chin. Metal and wood are speckled by oxidation, giving a beautiful patina to this heavy piece. The Markha are organized into structured, hierarchical mask societies as found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiatory language, a means of communication in the hands of the initiates. The Markha, also called Warka, live in the north of Bambara territory and have ...


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Lobi chair
African art > Usual african items > Lobi chair


Ex. French private collection
African tribal art among Lobi
The furniture is an artistic medium in its own right in African art.
This is a three-foot, high-curved, curved monoxyle chair with a clear patina with traces of desication.
The use that had been made over the decades strengthened the close ties between the owner and the room so that at his death the seat was placed on the family altar and served as an interface to communicate with the soul of the deceased.


Lobi communities are organized around nature spirits. When 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.


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390.00

Dogon ancestor statue
African art > African Statues > Dogon ancestor statue

Former French private collection Guy Brunel.
Mr. Brunel, a chemist by training, travelled the world before becoming passionate about Africa, which he discovered through his eldest daughter. Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guinea,... By the time of his death, he had accumulated nearly 600 pieces. Its legatees have decided to put this collection up for sale through our gallery.
Austere, this stylized anthropomorphic figure, sitting on a seat, evokes expectation and motherhood through the position of hands centered on the prominent abdomen. The ovoid face may recall that the god Amma, according to the dogon cosmogon, has the appearance of an egg. The face is framed by chevron engravings depicting the cap, the two sides of which fall sideways, the nose soars between two tubular ...


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Mask Baoulé heaume
African art > African mask > Baoule Mask

Private Italian collection of African art. Mask-heaume formed of a dome representing the bust of a character, whose arms are rounded to place the hands around the umbilical. Then rises a neck strangely covered with a padded shell composed of braids, an extension of which comes to lean on the bust a concave face. Two orifices were performed on the hem, at the height of the subject's chest, to allow the wearer's vision. The circular base is also punctuated in order to fix the raffia adornment that once accompanied the mask. Clear, velvety patina, wood with some shards and native repairs.


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