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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.

Marabout hat Fon of Dendi
African art > Headdress Hat > Marabout hat Fon of Dendi

Private collection of African art J.Putteners
In its history, Fon African art has been imbued with Yoruba and ewe creations according to migration and trade. However, this art cannot be reduced to these two influences. Indeed, the Fon themselves have brought their originality to their statuary.
In particular, voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning "dieu", is found in them.

At the top of a basket woven with natural fibres, the skull and horns of an animal are decorated with beads of blue, white and red glasses, cauris for the pupils and along the middle line dividing the skull. There are metal rings, bells and leather bags, giving this " object of curiosity" a special strangeness.


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390.00

Statue Dogon
African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

Private collection Recupero
The wide variety of African art production Dogon.
Statue seated, hands resting on the thighs. The belly is prominent, in reference to fertility. Above the excessively stretched neck the face has an angular styling whose soaring shape of the nose is characteristic of the Dogon. The crested hairstyle is incised with rafters. Heavily eroded wood, clear patina.
The main dogon religious leaders are the Hogon, priests of the lebed cult, dedicated to agriculture. One of the most important ceremonies of the lebe is called bulu; it celebrates the renewal and return of life, and takes place in the spring. The ancestors are honored through the cult binu, and give their benevolence in turn to their descendants. Blacksmiths and woodcarvers form a separate ...


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490.00

Mossi Nakomse Statues
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African art > African Statues > Mossi Nakomse Statues

Former Private Belgian collection of African art.

The body is straight, the arms hang along the body. The face has scarifications on its outline. A very fine sagittal crest is observed and engraved with lines simulating the hair. The patina is raw and has beautiful traces of desication.

The Mossi society was structured and hierarchical by its invaders as early as the 15th century. The two populations mixed and progeny over the decades The name Nakomse refers to the descendants of the Islamic horsemen, among whom political leaders were always chosen. Religious leaders were always descended from the natives, also known as Tengabibisi.

It is not surprising to find in the Mossi and Dogon some similarities in the statuary and aesthetics of masks. Indeed, the ...


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650.00 € 500.00 ( -23.1 %)

Costume Egungun Yoruba
African art > Headdress Hat > Dress up Egungun Yoruba

Polychrome among Egun in African art.

This traditional costume whose name Egungun means " returning ", is part of the cult of ancestors on the occasion of the various events in the life of the community. Specifically, these costumes are designed to appease the dead, and only rich families can afford this type of holiday. This full suit is composed of large and heavy fabric panels embroidered with velvet and covered with multicolored and shimmering metallic pellets. Worn during danced ceremonies accompanied by tam-tams, they always sport & nbsp; very bright colors. The one we offer is also adorned with many small decorative elements, gray-gray such as cowries and small pearls, symbols of power and prestige. On the fabrics we also find patterns inspired by African fauna.


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2490.00

Ceremonial spoon Tabwa
African art > Spoon > Ceremonial spoon Tabwa

Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in African art. This one is distinguished by the quality and finesse of its sculpture. We find the typical headdress pulled back and long. The heart-shaped face is slightly reminiscent of that of some Fang.

The Tabwa are an ethnic group in southeastern DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks.
The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around ngulu, nature spirit present in plants and rocks.


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250.00

Funerary urn Bura Asinda
African art > African Jar > Funerary urn Bura Asinda

The work of the earth in African art.

This urn is in the form of a half sphere surmounted by a protuberance in the form of a head. This antique piece has obviously suffered the effects of time and has been restored. The Bura urns are most often in phallic form, symbol of life, eternity, transmission.


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590.00

Djenne Statue
African art > African Statues > Djenne Statue

Traditional African art can be a source of inspiration for contemporary craftsmanship, a representation inspired by authentic Djenne statues, a man kneeling, head turned to the right. The old sites Djenné are all in flood zone, the inhabitants have always found heads that outcrop when the water withdraws. Rolled by the waves, these pieces are found very far from their original archaeological site.


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745.00

Door of Dogon attic
African art > Door shutter > Door of Dogon attic

The doors of the Dogon constructions are collector's items, and once this is the case, this piece is sober, devoid of motif or anthropomorphic representation.

It consists of two large planks securely fastened with iron staples. The lock and the hinges are always present. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300 000 souls living south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina Faso (northwest of Ouahigouya). ). Villages are often perched on top of the hillside scree, in a unique architecture. The history of migrations and installations of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different ...


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600.00

Stick Oshe Eshu
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African art > Commander stick > Stick Oshe Eshu

The term Eshu refers to one of the spirits or orisha from Yoruba religious traditions, including his equivalent named Papa Legba in Brazil and Haiti, and Elegua in Cuba following the deportations of slaves captured on the coasts of Benin and Nigeria.

Eshu is a deity related to communication but his role is broader. Of this orisha indeed depends the protection of the home, the city and, in a general way, of all that is conceived by the Man. By its attributes and virtues, Eshu was initially associated with the Devil by Western settlers. However, contrary to the Judeo-Christian and Greek religious conception, the African tribes and in particular the Yoruba, do not have divinities distributed in Manichean way. Each orisha has its beneficial and evil side. This association ...


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Votive statue Yaka
African art > African Statues > Votive statue Yaka

This Yaka statue is very expressive.

On the face, the black patina gives a very clear area from which the characteristic curved nose stands out. The toothed mouth is open and encrusted with red pigment with a rough patina and a cloth loincloth. Yaka society is extremely hierarchical and authoritarian. The lineage chief has the right of life and death over his subjects. As often, the artistic movement of the ethnic group has been influenced by neighboring populations such as Suku. For the Yaka, the influence is mainly from the Suku and Kongo ethnic groups. Yaka statuary focuses on healing as well as evil spells.


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360.00

Statue post Yoruba Opo
African art > African Stake > Statue post Yoruba Opo

In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium, as this Yoruba veranda statue illustrates.

A character carries on his head a plateau surmounted by a rider and his horse. Above the latter, there is another character, probably a sage given the highlighting of his beard. As often in Yoruba statuary, the patina is made up of relatively bright colors. Although the piece has pigments more discreet than usual, the polychrome has been well preserved. Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the egbe male society reinforces social norms, the aro federates farmers. The freeze has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu.


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1490.00

Oshe Shango Yoruba Stick
African art > Commander stick > Oshe Shango Yoruba Stick

The Yoruba Oshe are used in ritual dances,

which are worn in the left hand by the dancers, who represent, through their double-headed hat, the god of thunder and youth Shango, or Sango. the last is the mythical ancestor of the kings of Oyo, Sango was also the protector of the twins, whose occurrence was very frequent in the region.It is a divinity feared by its unpredictability. It is venerated because it brings fertile rains to crops, and it is also attributed to the fertility of women, where a female character stands with her hands on her chest, typical scarifications on her face, and the double hatchet finely hatched. chiseled is inlaid with blue pigment Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the male society egbe strengthens ...


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240.00

Animal mask Gurunsi
African art > African mask > Animal mask Gurunsi

The mixture of genres in African art.

This mask represents both a duck and a crocodile.br The head is typical of the duck while the mouth with its strong dentition symbolizes the crocodile. The mask has a beautiful polychrome preserved. On the religious level, the Gurunsi believe in a superior being, Yi, who withdrew from the world after having created it and whose altar occupies the center of the village. Yi sent to represent him the spirit Su, incarnated in all the masks and honored by an altar. Among the Gurunsi, Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main sculptors of masks. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa.


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430.00

Monkey Baoule Gbekre
African art > African Statues > Baoulé Gbekre Monkey

Former private Italian collection of African art E. Recupero.

The Gbekre are a particular type of statues found exclusively in the Baoulé statuary. Although most are representations of monkeys, there are a few rare exceptions where the character is human.
The body is nevertheless generally anthropomorphic, the head being simiesque.
Here are certain constants such as the lower part of the face in projection, visible teeth and expressive faces, as well as a crenellated dorsal crest. The character holds either a receptre or an egg in the palm of his hands as is the case here.

According to Delafosse, a director at the beginning of the 20th century, the Baoulé society was exceptionally egalitarian. Indeed, it was characterized by a great tolerance, a ...


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370.00

Crest buffalo Mumuye
African art > African mask > Crest buffalo Mumuye

This bovine mask has simple shapes and a worn patina due to use.A wide mouth composed of two half rings is projected from the lower part of the mask. The horns present at the top of the skull make it possible to determine that it is about a representation of buffalo, animal recurrent in the artistic expression and in the African cosmogonies. The Mumuye are a people very famous for its stylized pieces, whether masks or statues.


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390.00

Large bamileke beaded statue
African art > African Statues > Large bamileke beaded statue

Ex private French collection of African art.

This imposing and exceptional beaded statue reaches 1m35. The Bamiléké, a subgroup of a larger people also made up of the Bamoun and Tikar, excelled in making multicolored beaded statues, a sign of prosperity and wealth, giving the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from the common objects.

A basic structure is carved from wood and then covered with a beaded lattice whose colors correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Among the Bamilékés as in other ethnic groups, the art objects attested to the position of their owner in the hierarchy of society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké, also known as fon, guarantor of soil fertility and the ...


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9150.00

Ambete reliquary statue
African art > African Reliquary > Ambete reliquary statue

Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

The Mbete are renowned for their statues with a back hollow intended to receive magical substances or relics of ancestors.
The forehead is massive and the eyebrow arches that underlie it overlook the lower part of the face. The eyes are small and circular. The mouth is gaping and adorned with nails.
The character has his shoulders thrown back and his arms bent, hands resting on his abdomen.

A finely crafted metal coating covers the entire room and is held with nails. The eyes are composed of cauris.
Some reliquaries sometimes have a small door to close the dorsal cavity, but this is not the case here.


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1200.00

Balafon Djanou Bwa
African art > Djembe TamTam > Balafon Djanou Bwa

Ex private collection of African art Emile Robyn (Brussels, Belgium).

The balafon, or xylophone, belongs to the family of idiophones from West Africa. The sound is generated by the reverb in the gourds of the percussion on the aligned wooden blades. Literally, the word balafon comes from the Malinke bala" meaning "instrument" and "fon" meaning "sound". The particularity of Djanou is to be raised at its ends and provided with handles of transport. It was Emile's grandfather, Abel Robyn, who started the collection in 1850. It was passed on over three generations. When Abel died in 1895, his son Jerome Robyn inherited this collection which he extended until his death in 1968. Emile Robyn inherited from his father and completed this magnificent collection over his purchases that ...


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1490.00

Funerary urn Bura
African art > African Jar > Funerary urn Bura

The work of the earth in African art.

This spherical funeral urn surmounted by a head is atypical: the urns Bura is in fact most often in phallic form, symbol of life, eternity, transmission. The face overhangs the room has small eyes fixed towards the horizon as well as a nose and a mouth summary. The upper half of the urn is decorated with crenellated liner patterns. The Bura terracottas inherent in African art were discovered less than thirty years ago. Sold piece without TL test.


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490.00

Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba
African art > Usual african items > Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba

Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.

Itombwa oracles are mostly in the form of an elongated animal with a wooden pusher held by a rope on its back. This small wooden element was rubbed on the animal's back during divination rituals.
The room was held by the tail, facing the interlocutor. The pusher's movements or abrupt stops attested to the veracity of the pusher's words and allowed the soothsayer to interpret these signs.
Apart from their usefulness as lie detectors, The Itombwa oracles were also used to detect diseases.


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390.00

Yaka Double Cup
African art > Usual african items > Yaka Double Cup

Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.

This is a double cut called anthropomorph.
The handle of the cup ends with a face that respects all the canons of Yaka art, especially the upturned nose and bulging headdress.
This type of cutting was used by soothsayers as part of their divinatory rituals.
With the Yaka, at the new moon, the soothsayer covers his face with kaolin before issuing an oracle. In the Yaka custom, during its daytime passage into the basement, the moon is coated with this white clay. At night it conveys the virtues of life. By mimicking the cycle of the moon, the soothsayer appropriates its powers.

The yaka society is extremely hierarchical and authoritarian. The head of lineage has indeed the right to life ...


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450.00





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