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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.

Bambara Maternity
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African art > African Maternity > Bambara Maternity

Ex private French collection of African art.

This Bambara maternity shines with its verticality and the solemnity of its expression. The features are lengthened as often in Bambara statuary and in that of their close neighbors, the Dogon. The high decorated headdress hangs two braids. Recurring themes in African art, fertility and breastfeeding are addressed here by breastfeeding the two infants to this imposing breast. The patina is generally smooth, of a rather saturated brown. Usually kept in a secluded hut, this object was released during initiation ceremonies for girls and occasionally when a woman wanted help to promote fertility. The Bambara are found in central and southern Mali. They belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the ...


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Guéré Mask
African art > African mask > Guéré Mask

Former Private Belgian collection of African art Edouard Bonhomme.

Very similar to Bété masks, this Guéré mask is very stylized and has elements worn in projection.
The tubular eyes detachment strongly from the face as does the mouth and two small horns. The pointed ears are covered with kaolin. The forehead is bulging.

Exhibited during funeral ceremonies, these masks are intended to identify the culprits


The Guéré are an ethnic group from a forested region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger people named Wé, also comprising the Wobé ethnic group with which the Guéré share many customs and beliefs.


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Djenne Jar
African art > African Jar > Djenne Jar

The old Djenne sites are all floodplains, the inhabitants have always found heads that outcrop when the water withdraws archaeological research or simply discovered fortuitously come from a culture that developed from the eighth to the eighteenth century.

The strong fragmentation of terracotta is still subject to debate. Indeed, the damage of time and burial certainly played a role but it would also seem that these pagan art objects were victims of systematic brutal destruction. It appears, however, that the Islamization of West Africa was very superficial and therefore could not prevent animist cults. The terracotta djennes are probably the most famous terracotta pieces of African art, so they still continue today to inspire artists.


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Bangwa Beaded Statue
African art > African Statues > Bangwa Beaded Statue

In African art, works in Bamiléké countries are distinguished by the regular use of pearls to decorate not only their masks but also their statues.
Besides the pearls, these examples make massive use of cauris in their decoration. There are several thousand of them on the body.
As a Bangwa statue, it is a royal statue that can be attributed to one of the nine Bangwa kingdoms located in the west of the country Bamiléké.
The statue is marked by a strong polychromy. It thus identifies the chiefdom to which it is assigned.
The position of the body, in very good condition, is classic with the lower and upper limbs bent. In the right hand, a snuffbox. A headdress that is always very elaborate. The neck is decorated with a series of multicolored necklaces that end with a ...


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Moba Tchitcheri Statue
African art > African Statues > Moba Tchitcheri Statue

The Moba statues are recognizable by their extremely simplified sculpture, always showing the same pattern: an imposing spherical head sometimes engraved with slender features resting on a body and filiform limbs, patinas vary from bright dark brown to light-colored wood. It has a beautiful patina of dark use on which there are leftover libations. The chitcheri represents an ancestor symbolized by a human body with an abstract face. It is initially planted in the ground. Tchitcheri sakwa evoke the memory of the founder of a clan.


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Lobi Statue
African art > African Statues > Lobi Statue

Sculptural piece in African art.

This male statue presents the aesthetic canons typical of the Lobi. Simple features for a body and quite imposing members. Lobi communities are organized around nature spirits. When honored, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of abundant rains, good health, numerous births. Ignored, they remove it and cause devastating epidemics, drought and suffering. These figurines are placed on the tombs, in a dark corner of the owners' house, with many other sculptures embodying other spirits because it takes a large number to face the many threats of the rural world of Africa. West. A crusty patina covers the entire sculpture. Here and there, feathers bear witness to the libations to which it has been subjected.


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Big royal couple Bambara
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African art > African Statues > Big royal couple Bambara

When African art is regalien.

Imposing royal couple accompanied by his newborn. The statues are carved in a heavy wood and have many traces of desiccation attesting to the age of the pieces. The two characters sit solemnly, the king holding his attributes of power, the queen presented with his child like the other maternities of the ethnic group. Both wear elaborate headdresses and arm bracelets. The Bambara are found in central and southern Mali. They belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, which has 266 sacred attributes. One, by each day of the 9 lunar months that lasts the gestation of a child. Ngala keeps order to the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god ...


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Moba Tchitcheri Figure
African art > African Statues > Moba Tchitcheri Figure

Ex private French collection of African art.

This Tchitcheri Moba statue have a very massive and at the same time very elongated look. This is a characteristic of the ethnic group Moba . With its forms and proportions, this piece evokes the Bronze statues of Giacometti .

The Tchitcheri represents an ancestor symbolized by a human body and an abstract face. It's originally standing in the soil. On this piece we can see some native repair on the right arm.


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Couple of Benin altar heads
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African art > Shields > Couple of Benin altar heads

Benin altar heads in bronze, surmounted by a horn in bronze, sometimes in ivory.

The  commemorative head of a Chieftain  that bears the insignia of a high ranked dignitary, is one of the main characteristics of the altar. The worshipper thanks the head with his offerings and sacrifices. To the Chieftain this altar has a privacy meaning and is placed at the center (the heart) of the house. On the other hand, the ancestors altar is found in the first room, that is allowed to the strangers. Put on the ancestor altar, the head symbolizes the Chieftain  ability to reign and prosper.

Bambara King Statue
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African art > African Statues > Bambara King Statue

The Round of applause-mâna, of Round of applause: refusal and mâna: Master, Translated into French "those which refused to be dominated", more commonly known under the term of Bambara such as it were called by the colonists, hold especially by their dialect, derived from the language mandingue, an important place within the other ethnic groups of Mali. Indeed the popularity of the dialect will bambara is such as one could believe that it is the ethnos group will bambara which prevails in Mali.


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Large royal Benin plaque
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African art > African bronze > Large royal Benin plaque

These plates designed for being contemplated like paintings feature scenes of the regal entourage. Occasionnally they would also be used when an etiquette problem has to be faced with. The art of lost-wax casting achieves its

perfection by the depiction of these life scenes in the palace.

 


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Djenne funeral shield
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African art > Shields > Djenne funeral shield

African art reveals some extraordinary pieces as funeral shield Djenne terracotta.

Magnificent piece of excavation sold with TL test attesting to seniority between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries.
There are very few copies of the shield, and in as good condition. The literature mentions only rarely existed.
We find patterns in cob as they can be found on the jars of this ethnic group.

The ancient sites Djenné all located in a flood zone, people are always heads that flush when the waters recede. Rolled by the waves, these heads are found far from their original archaeological site.


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Cross River Akwanshi Monolith
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African art > Monolith, cross river stones > Cross River Akwanshi Monolith

Although smaller, it is a monolithic votive head Ekoi Cross River called "Akwanshi." Rare piece for amateur African art.

The character's face is deeply carved in basalt. These pieces were carved in tribute to the dead legendary. Today, the tradition continues. Thus, when the spiritual leader of the villages Ekoi dies (the Ntoon), a representative stone is carved.

Baoulé King Ivory statue
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African art > Ivory > Baoulé King Ivory statue

The fetishes Blolo Bian and Blolo Bla, man of beyond and woman of beyond. These fetishes are representations d' an ancestor or d' a husband of materialized beyond by a figurine corresponding to the phantasm or the dream of l' husband or of terrestrial wife.


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Tikar Trone
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Exceptional Tikar Throne.The Tikar are Pygmy people which are found in West Cameroon. They are a well mixed new population because traditionally conquering. They submit to the traditional chiefdoms' system inserted within broader historical kingdoms. Their settlement has been testified on the Cameroonese ground since the XIXe century.


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Benin Leopard
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African art > African bronze > Benin Leopard

Benin bronze leopard. This bronze sculpture is world wide famous among collectors of Benin bronze. The leopard was a sign of royalty in the Benin kingdom. Large bronze leopard sculptures were cast in the King's palace in Benin. The leopards are designed with unique engravings and as with the other Benin bronzes cast using the lost wax process, the leopards are hollow. A unique piece of art for collectors and ethnic home decorators.


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Djenne statue
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African art > African Terracotta > Djenne statue

Djenne magnificent statue depicting a man kneeling with arms crossed on his chest. It is a piece collected by us in 2010 between the city of Djenne and Dioboro. Collected in fragments, the piece has been restored with a specialist archaeological terracottas in Brussels. So any input on this reconstruction of earthenware. To authenticate, we conduct a test of the laboratory QED thermoluminescence dating this piece between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. This piece has a beautiful patina due to the erosion of time. We find the serenity to clean parts Djenne. Djenné ancient sites located all in a flood zone, people are always heads that flush when the waters recede. Rolled by the waves, these parts can be found very far from the archaeological site of origin. Like many ancient ...


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Ngata Bakuma Statues
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African art > African Statues > Ngata Bakuma Statues

Piece from the collection of African art Emmanuel Philippe Salembier.

Such statues named Bonganga-Nganga are for rythes funeral.

These coffins are réaslisées statues in honor of dignitaries, often distinguished hunters.

And the remains of the deceased are exhumed and placed in these statues. These are placed in huts on the same location of the graves.

Such statues are distinguished by a large polychrome.


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Couple of Benin Head
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African art > African Statues > Couple of Benin Head

Benin altar heads in bronze, surmounted by a horn in bronze, sometimes in ivory.

The  commemorative head of a Chieftain  that bears the insignia of a high ranked dignitary, is one of the main characteristics of the altar. The worshipper thanks the head with his offerings and sacrifices. To the Chieftain this altar has a privacy meaning and is placed at the center (the heart) of the house. On the other hand, the ancestors altar is found in the first room, that is allowed to the strangers. Put on the ancestor altar, the head symbolizes the Chieftain  ability to reign and prosper.


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Couple of Bini Edo Benin Leopards
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African art > African bronze > Couple of Bini Edo Benin Leopards

In Benin art, the leopard is the ultimate representation of the Oba. As well as the latter that the leopard shares the same honorary designation of Ekpene. Domesticated, leopards were in the royal menagerie. Leopards bronze decorated the royal altars. Male Leopard : 91cm x 74cm, 27 kg Female Leopard : 78cm x 65cm, 20 kg

Tikar Throne
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African art > African bronze > Tikar Throne

Exceptional Tikar Throne.The Tikar are Pygmy people which are found in West Cameroon. They are a well mixed new population because traditionally conquering. They submit to the traditional chiefdoms' system inserted within broader historical kingdoms. Their settlement has been testified on the Cameroonese ground since the XIXe century.


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