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Clay jars are closely associated with the daily life of African populations. Made from the material of muddy ponds and rivers, the rather heterogeneous paste allows the production of objects with thick walls such as jars. The jars, often made of wood, are intended to receive offerings, medicinal plants, or divinatory gris-gris.


Ceramic Djenne pot
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Ceramic Djenne pot

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Container of great sobriety of the Djenne type, whose orange slip shows through under a thin beige film. The edges of the neck are slightly damaged.
As the old Djenne sites are all in a flood zone, deeds emerge when the waters recede, the inhabitants sometimes discovering them by chance.
In the Mali Empire, terracotta sculptures with red engobe had a funerary connotation.


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Jarre Djenne
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A beautiful orange engobe coats this terracotta container, the only decoration of which lies in the parallel streaks soberly emphasizing the neck, highlighting the curve of the lower part. The edges, of a certain thickness, are slightly damaged.
As the old Djenne sites are all in a flood zone, artifacts emerge when the waters recede, the inhabitants sometimes discovering them by chance.
In the Mali Empire, terracotta sculptures with red engobe had a funerary connotation. The strong fragmentation of terracottas is still subject to debate. Indeed, the damage of time and burial certainly played a role, but it would also seem that these pagan works of art were victims of systematic brutal destruction. It appears, however, that the Islamization of West Africa was very superficial ...


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Yaka box
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Among the Yaka regalia, this type of anthropomorphic container was used to store kaolin or other ingredients for the investiture of chiefs. The head composes the lid. Greyish brown grainy patina. Cracks, erosions.

Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The youth initiation society is the n-khanda, which is found among the eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc.), and which uses various charms and masks for the purpose to ensure a vigorous lineage. Dedicating a special cult to ...


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Dogon bronze
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Dogon bronze

Dogon blacksmith artists form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Nowadays they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom). The Nommo, protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography, would be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal form, hence the frequent decorative motifs adorning the sculptures. The wavelet friezes are also symbolic. This is a piece of rare elegance, the ovoid container resting on the shape of a scorpion, the lid bears a hornbill figure. Khaki green patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their myths and their rituals. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of ...


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Djenne Jar
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Ex private French collection of African art.

This is a jar of Djenne inspiration, this culture being extinct there are several centuries. It has an enlarged base that allows it to maintain its balance. The summit is pierced with a circular cavity. It is covered with a bright orange-red patina. Since the old Djenne sites are all in a flood zone, the inhabitants have always found pieces of terracotta that emerge when the water recedes. Objects from archaeological research or simply discovered by chance would 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 ...


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Kuba Basket
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kuba Basket

Circular box made of wickerwork, with a lid that fits together. The dense, elaborate weaving incorporates certain geometric patterns borrowed from scarification, also visible on shoowa raffia textiles. The inner edge of the lid is missing.

The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for the higher ranks of their society. The Lele live to the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of Kuba country. Both groups decorate their prestige objects with similar motifs.
The extremely organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed at its center a king or nyim inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
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Source: Kuba, ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish.


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Kuba cup
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This cephalomorphic cup was intended for palm oil. In the kuba groups, a wide variety of these sculptures with figurative motifs are intended to enhance the prestige of their bearer. The edges are fine and regular.
Velvety patina.


The extremely organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed a king or nyim at its center, inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. He therefore ensured the sustainability of his subjects, whether through harvests, rain or the birth of children. These magical attributes were not hereditary, however, as the king was elected by a council.
Source: Kuba, ed. ...


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Kongo powder flask
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kongo powder flask

Pear-shaped container with a cap, intended to contain powder for wooden guns. This black powder was imported from Europe, making it a carefully preserved luxury commodity. This powder, to which magic virtues were also attributed, often complemented the ingredients of ritual fetishes. It is engraved with decorative motifs and zoomorphic figures. Satin patina.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an ...


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Kuba cup
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The outline of this cephalomorphic cut is embellished with an imbolo frieze made up of geometric patterns referring to scarifications, also used on the shoowa raffia textiles. These different types of carved cups aim to enhance the prestige of their owners.
Satin abraded patina.

The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige items created for members of the high ranks of their society.
Particularly organized and hierarchical, it placed a king or nyim at its center, inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. He therefore ensured the sustainability of his subjects, whether through ...


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Dogon box
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The emblematic cuts of African art Dogon
Dogon blacksmith artists form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Nowadays they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire", they are also supposed to heal burns (Huib Blom). The Nommo, protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography, would be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal form, hence the frequent decorative motifs adorning the sculptures. The wavelet friezes are also symbolic. Red ocher patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their myths and their rituals. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near ...


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Statue Koro
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Koro

Anthropomorphic sculpture composed of a figure of an ancestor in a frontal position whose abdomen forms a container for beer or palm wine during ritual ceremonies. The face, which appears helmeted, is unusual. Coated with a velvety black patina, a break in one arm had to be restored. Erosions. According to some authors, two people drank from it at the same time (Arts du Nigéria, A. Lebas). It was in the northern part of the Nigerian interior that the Koro settled, alongside the Waja, Mama, Hausa, and Dakakari. Mostly known for their masks decorated with red abrus seeds embodying the ancestors, they also use this type of ritual offering cups at funerals , during sacrifices and masked ceremonies.


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Mangbetu Box
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Boîte for honey, remedies and sometimes personal effects such as ivory hairpins, this anthropomorphic bark box once again illustrates the skill of African art sculptors among the Mangbetu. Made of bark, the box has clear residues on the internal walls. The object is equipped with a conveyor belt. The hairstyle of the statue is characteristic of that of the Mangbetu women: from an early age, the children suffered a compression of the cranial box by means of raffia ties. Later, the young women were knitting their hair on wicker strands and applied a headband to the forehead to extract the hair and produce this particular headdress that accentuates the lengthening of the head. The ancient names beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and ...


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Mangbetu Box
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Clever composition for this mangbetu-type container made up of sculpted figures. The body traces, like those of the face, represent the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu, from an early age, children of the upper classes suffered compression of the cranial box, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on wicker strands and a headband encircled the forehead in order to constitute this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients call beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli. Shiny mahogany patina, cracks and small ...


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Vases Mangbetu
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Named 'generous' in African art, these pottery are intended to collect palm wine. These jars with globular bodies, equipped with handles, have cephalomorphic gullies arranged face to face. The faces are marked by subtle differences suggesting a couple. Oiled patina, black and smooth, abrasions.
asebli in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The body lines on the characters, like those of the face, include the traditional ...


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Dogon box
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This small cupboard with two movable shutters, set on three legs, was probably designed to store active medicinal preparations prepared according to the advice of the elders who had been initiated into the science of trees or " jiridon ". The walls are carved with figures of mythical ancestors Nommos, geniuses associated with the creation of the world and guarantors of health and fertility. These are believed to activate the healing power of the actives. Brown satin patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at around 300,000 souls living in the south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (north-west of ...


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Chokwe Pot
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This container was probably designed for tobacco or therapeutic ingredients. Tobacco use was indeed widespread among the Chokwe, and smoking was an integral part of offerings to ajimu spirits. Soft slightly satiny patina. Desication crack.

Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power but large chiefdoms. They were the ones who attracted artists ...


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Pende Mortar
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Pende Mortar

Small mortar for spices, pigments, or therapeutic ingredients. The object is carved with different faces that take up the features of the traditional masks of the group. Golden brown satin patina. Slight residue of kaolin.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba, and Salempasu have been imprinted on their extensive tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the Mbuya masks, realistic ,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 ...


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Lulua Box
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Ex-collection French African art.
. In addition to their statuary, the Lulua produced a wide variety of carved objects for ceremonial or utilitarian purposes. This prestigious pot is supported by a squatting female figure. She wears jewelry, a loincloth, and complex scarification on both her neck and face. At the top, a squatting figure is said to ward off disease. The Tschokwe and Luba influences are also notable. Black brown oiled patina and kaolin. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. Salient scarifications are drawn on the forehead of the perosnnage. Grey granular patina with localized erosions revealing a clear wood. It is in the south of the ...


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Kuba basket
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Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
Among the regalia symbolizing the status of dignitaries, this basket of wisdom which found its source in the mythology around Woot constitutes one of the insignia of the king nyim and of the highest notables. Inlaid with pearls, cowries, finely chiselled and hammered copper leaves, it illustrates the artistic refinement of the kuba. Small lacks located around the base. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also originating from the Mongo group, are famous for the refinement of prestige objects created for the members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined designs, ...


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Luba Cup
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Ex-collection African art Corsica.
Two figures embodying spirits encircle a cylindrical container mboko , which was usually filled with kaolin, the image of purity and the spiritual world. These vessels were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the Buhabo society. The spirits of the ancestors were consulted individually or collectively through specialists. This type of cutting also played a role in the investiture of King Luba. Beautiful satin brown patina, cracks of desiccation.
The Lubas (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people from Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, so the name (Baluba, which means "the ...


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Yoruba Rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Yoruba Rider

Within the Yoruba pantheon, Orunmila is the "orisa" deity that one consults in case of problem through divination ifà thanks to the diviner babalawo (iyanifà for a woman). Intended to sit enthroned on the ritual altar, this Yoruba-type sculpture is made up of a box intended for the sacred palm nuts, carried by a horseman figure. The character would embody Esu or Elegba, divine messenger who unites the orisa to men. Satin patina. Cracks and erosions on the base.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by the sculptors at the request of the followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are said to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. The kingdoms of Oyo and ...


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