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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.

Figure of deity Igbo Alusi
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African art > African Statues > Statue Igbo

This Igbo statue features a hairstyle braided in three voluminous braids and a face pigmented in white and red for the mouth, evoking the world of the deceased but also the beauty of youth. His body bears body motifs called " uli ". These regional body marks, tattoos and scarifications, indicated the rank achieved in the initiation society. This effigy embodying a guardian deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu , is depicted standing, legs semi-flexed, hands waiting for offerings. This sculpture was intended to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), men's houses of the Cross River. Characterizing the notables, wearing bracelets with arms and ankles carved in relief, contrast with the patina of white kaolin whose body is folded. The culture Igbo originates from the ...


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Senoufo Poniugo Mask-Heaume
African art > African mask > Senoufo Mask-Heaume

Representations of hybrid beings, the zoomorphic African masks of the Senufo are worn by members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honor the elders or to appear at funerals, hence their name, poniugo , "funeral head". Multiple zoomorphic elements are usually associated, crocodile mouth, antelope horns, warthog and ram. At the top of this mask is a stylized chameleon, an emblematic animal that preceded the creation of human beings and a symbol of knowledge, presenting a cup udddal intended to receive magical substances. Living in a reserved neighbourhood, the sculptor senufo , whose training spanned seven years, began with the making of everyday objects, and then, little by little, carried sculptures of increasing size. ...


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Go Gé Dan Mask
African art > African mask > Masque Dan

The large braided hairstyle topped this mask allows to attribute it to the type of masks go ge . Renowned in African art, the Yacouba , also known as Dan , are known for their traditional masks and dances, sacred or profane. Royal masks, the goge, used only on special occasions, are adorned with an imposing hairstyle braided with vegetable fibers, sometimes enhanced with cauris, and in which talismans were mixed. On this copy the lower lip is enhanced with red textile. Smooth black brown skate.
In society, mask wearers are high members of the social hierarchy. Masks are involved in the dispute resolution process when the village chief has failed to resolve a problem. In general, dan masks also have the peculiarity of being not representations of bush spirits but of being in fact the ...


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Statue Ndengese
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African art > African Statues > Statue Ndengese

An anthromopomorphic figure with realistic features, she is shown kneeling, hands on her thighs, her face imbued with serene concentration. The body is incised with losangic scarifications, adorned with wrist and ankle bracelets, indicating a high rank within the hierarchical society comprising four levels. The king etotshi was invested in elaborate ceremonies that were supposed to be a good thing. Etotoshi is also the name of the king's hairstyle and notables. The statue is encased with red tukula bark powder. Desication cracks.
Central African people based in Kasai, neighboring of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans of a common ancestor Mongo , some of them from Upper Nile. They produced statues with absent or truncated lower limbs. The Dengese sculpt male and emile ...


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Masque Bidjogo Dung be
African art > African mask > Guinea Mask

This zoomorphic African mask with real horns comes from the 'a href'U'0022https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/show/bidyogo"' Bidjogo , established in the Bissagos Archipelago of about 30 islands off the coast of the Guinea-Bissau. On this massive piece depicting a bovine head a nylon string attached to the hollowed-out noches goes around the head and ends in a small packet of raffia. The rope also encloses the massive ringed neck whose cords meet under the mask. Eyes with glass pupils and horns are highlighted with a rubber band. The mask is painted bright red, the features highlighted in white. This mask has participated in traditional ceremonies, abrasions of use. The mask is worn before or at the end of the initiation ceremonies, by a young initiate " cabaro ", who will bend and ...


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Boa Pongdudu Du Kpongadomba Mask
African art > African mask > Boa Mask

Supposed to make invulnerable and in order to terrify the enemy, the African art mask kpongadomba bodes was commanded by the leader kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. He was then kept in his wife's box. With oversized ears, perforated as were once the eastern Boa ear pavilions, the " bavobongo ", and a mouth lined with teeth, it gave an impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. Close to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa live on the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boa are said to have used these masks for educational purposes with children since the pacification of the Uele region.


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Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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African art > African Statues > Ibedji Yoruba

African art and gemini
This couple from Ibedji, sculpted by the "babalawo", sports braided headdresses raised in shells. Naked and perched on circular pedestals, the statuettes feature quolifichets composed of different beads. A chain of cauris connects the effigies, symbolizing the richness and fécondité.br Patine chocolate .

In the language of the Yoruba people, ibedji means twin: ibi for and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin.
This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash and feed him regularly. If it disappears, the remaining twin takes over.
Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji influences the life of the ...

Masque facial Mossi
African art > African mask > Mossi Mask

In the northern centre of Mossi country, convex African masks with a prominent central ridge are common. This zoomorphic specimen is distinguished by circular orifices, highlighted by inlays, in a clay mass, of seeds of colored abrus, on either side of the crenellated central element pierced with metal rings. Geometric patterns with low kaolin residues are dug on the matte 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 such as mil beer in order to honor the ancestors. Their appearance ...


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Bozo Fish Mask
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African art > African mask > Bozo Puppet

Bozo polychrome works in The African Art of Mali.
This ancient African zoomorphic mask honors, for the Bozo, the genius of water. Rounded, naïve, and vivid polychromy forms, this Bozo puppet mask, with articulated fins held by a rubber tongue, is available in a matte version.  The Bozo, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the niger's inner delta and remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes as seasonal floods occur. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama.  Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.In addition to their remarkable traditional masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the puppet theatre Sogow bo ...


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Polychrome Yoruba Table / Tabouret
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African art > African Chair > Yoruba Seat

Equestrian sculptures, symbols of authority in African art
Focused on the veneration of its gods, or oristo, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko) including many statues. They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
This sitting, or table, is supported by cariatisoid figures, a horseman's sculpture in the center, surrounded by subjects: Metaphor of the speed of communication between the soothsayer and the god of divination, or a purely symbolic and decorative figure, the sculpted motifs were generally read only by the followers, depending on the context of ritual use.
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Statue Mangbetu Nebeli
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African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

Mangbetu court art and statues of ancestors
Geometric motifs on this naturalistic male figure evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with the the tribe had a relationship. The latter varied depending on the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was sported by the Mangbetu: from an early age, the children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the Mangbetu \


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Spoon Dan anthropomorphic
African art > Usual african items > Spoon Dan

Ex-collection French tribal art.
The usual objects in African art. A figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle depicts a female naked body in a dynamic attitude evoking a dance movement. It relies on legs with vigorous muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are written in the ears. The column bust has an umbilical ledge. Grainy, sainy skate. Slight cracks around the edge of the spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte ...


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Poupée Ashanti Akua  ba Ghana
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African art > African Dolls > Statuette Ashanti

The production of African art Ashanti

These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, huddled in their loincloths, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.

The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (formerly "Côte de l'Or"), part of the Akan group, living in a forested region. Like other populations living in the central and southern part of Ghana, she speaks a language of the Twi group. These people consider women to be the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes depicted in Ashanti wood carvings.

This female doll is called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma); its head is flat and circular on a straight body whose small conical ...

Luba Lupona caryatide seat
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African art > African Chair > Kipona Tabouret

Kneeling, a female effigy, "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts) supports the circular tray resting on its cylindrical headdress. The protruding scarifications in the ears converging on the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, symbolize fertility. This stool, named lupona, or kioni or kipona, kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually intermingle past and present. It once formed the foundation upon which the king mulopwe was inducted. Seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his speech took on a ...


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Baule comb, Baoulé
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African art > Usual african items > Baoulé comb

Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed the cults and masks. The basic unit is lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious.
In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. A refined accessory, the comb is an essential tool for shaping the sumptuous crépée and tattooed hairstyles of Baoulé men and women. Here he wears five teeth, and his sleeve is embellished with engraved motifs similar to those engraved on the masks of the ethnic group. Ref. In: ...


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Figure de divination Senoufo
African art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

A rich artistic tradition has manifested itself in the Senoufo through various masks, anthropomorphic sculptures, everyday objects and statuettes embodying the spirits of nature or divination. The latter benefited from sacrificial libations based on palm oil. During the rites of the Poro society, the leaders of the initiates also used bird statues, some of which were large- This bird figure takes sober and tapered shapes, the head and beak have been brushed with white clay. The object rests on a pedestal. Mate patina, dry.
The Senoufo, a name given to them by French settlers, are mostly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal ...


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 Biteki Suku Yaka figure
African art > African Statues > Yaka figure

These primitive African statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that ensues are an opportunity today for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and resort to rituals with the help of charms related to the institution "khosi". The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found in the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage.
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Lulua Maternity
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African art > African Statues > Lulua Fetish

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art has been subject to the influences of neighbouring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...) By the position of the hand of the character the gaze is directed towards the abdomen embellished with transdtional motifs in relief, center of the body and " object of all solicitudes" ( The Power of the Sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Diamonds, erogenous and symbolic protruding scarifications, checkered circles and rectangles embellish strategic parts of his anatomy. This very detailed statuette presents a glossy patina with reliefs thinned by the use, revealing the subtle veining of the wood. Top growths of high braids ...


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Figure Ofika Mbole
African art > African Statues > Statue Mbole

Ex-Belgian African tribal art collection.
Lualaba province had several similar ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mboles are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and condemning to hanging those guilty of violations of the imposed rules. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of convicts had no funeral sat and were buried in the forest. It was during the final ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were exhibited, presented lying on a litter box. The sculptor endowed his character with a resigned and suffering face thanks to the rectangular, ...


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Fertility statue Biga Mossi
African art > African Statues > Mossi doll

A schematic anthropomorphic fertility doll, whose head appearance varies by region, it represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. The tubular bust, slightly swollen at the abdomen, has a chest. The angular, stylized head evokes the feminine crest hairstyle, the parallel incisions, the scarifications and the braids of the ethnic group. Beautiful light brown patina abraded and sained by contact.
The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through rituals. Wooden figures will then be carved, some reflecting both genres, in many cases covered with pearls and clothing. During the period of ...


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Mask Lega
African art > African mask > Mask Lega

Beneath an ovoid forehead, protruding almond eyelids, a long narrow nose, under which are pierced nostrils, an absent mouth, make up the minimalist aspect of this African lega mask. This object indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning company composed of different ranks, and which were joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Locally matted satin surface, ocré residues of kaolin.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals ...


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