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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.

Mossi crest mask
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African art > African mask > Mossi Mask

The African art sculptures of the bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect scars of collective rites. It is therefore during various celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in order to influence the daily life of the members of the ethnic group. They appear to honor the deceased during funeral rites, and to escort souls to the realm of the dead. They also occur during agricultural festivals in order to ensure the progression of the seasons, so during the initiation rites they will ...


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Mask Baoulé moon
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, has a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry, but which have borrowed many stylistic elements from the Yauré and Guro. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main facial features of a very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, "masques-portraits", which were exhibited at particularly theatrical events where women held one great role, on the other, masks of conjuring, and initiation, intervening in ceremonies that were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could endanger their lives, or at most their fertility. This circular cephalomorphic mask features a face with sculpted patterns. Currently, this mask still appears during entertainment celebrations ...


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Grebo, Kru mask
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African art > African mask > Krou Mask

Ex-French tribal art collection.
African art from the shores of the Cavally and its fantastic masksThe cleavage tops a flat surface that animates six tubular outgrowths evoking eyes. A rectangular volume forms the toothed mouth, and a beard made of vegetable fibers complements the whole. Some of the largest copies were worn horizontally in crests. This room, which is equipped, between the eyes, with openings allowing vision, constitutes a face mask. Mate polychrome skate. The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusive in a box, the takae . Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of origin oubi , and could symbolize the mythical creatures that ...


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Zande ancestor couple
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African art > African Statues > Statuettes Zande

Belgian African art collection.
Formerly known as " Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms upon his death into the totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or ", those who own a lot of land", apart from their courtart consisting of spoons, receptre, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues: Kudu statues of a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also statues called Yanda 10 to 20 cm, animal or human form, having an ...


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Senoufo loom pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Senoufo pulley

In Côte d'Ivoire, sculptures intended for everyday use, and apparently the most ordinary, had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. These objects were not intended for ritual use, so the choice of subjects remained varied. This pulley is decorated with a stylized zoomorphic figure that depicts the head of a cattle. Geometric patterns composed of parallel lines are carefully engraved on the wood. The brown surface, satin with oil anointings, has a grainy appearance. Mainly farmers, the Senoufo group lives in a savannah region that covers southern Mali and Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d'Ivoire. They include about 50 sub-ethnic groups. They speak a Voltaic language Gur, Gour, like the ...


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Pende Mask
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African art > African mask > Pende Mask

The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief. The Kipoko mask (also known as Mukishi wa Mutsue or Mbundju) is a ...


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Ashanti Akwaba Fertility Doll
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African art > African Dolls > Ashanti Akuaba doll

Ex French African art collection.

This people consider women to be the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes mentioned in Ashanti wood carvings. This ethnic group has built a relatively democratic society based on the moral value of the individual.
The Ashantis founded a monarchy as early as the 17th century. The identities of the various Akan ethnic groups were influenced by both Islam and Christianity.

Their dolls are famous and easily recognizable by their characteristic shape. They consist of a flat circular head, the majority of which is reserved for the forehead, the facies themselves occupying only the lower third of the head.
This last one is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms detach at a ...

Head Kronkronbali Komaland
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African art > African Terracotta > Head Komaland

Ex-French tribal art collection.
Typical in African art, the kronkronbali Komaland heads, meaning " children of yesteryear", have marked features, often roughly. A mouth with luscious lips. The eyes, nose, eyebrows, beards and whiskers are, more often than not, formed of earthen bulges. The head, at the top, is concave and pierced.
These heads appear to have been sculpted as such, without bodies, reminiscent of the statuary Akan or Anyi. They look like a kind of cork, pressed in a circular way around tumuli, tombs themselves circular and covered with stones. Search subject.
The first ones were discovered in the 1970s and 1980s by German anthropologists who dated them between the 13th and 19th centuries. Base included.


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Bozo fish mask
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African art > African mask > Bozo Mask

Bozo polychrome works in the African art of Mali
This ancient African zoomorphic mask honors Faro, water genius. 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 theatre of Puppets Sogow bo which organizes itself on the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in the region of Ségou, and which plays an educational role. The invention of these ...


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Yohoure Lomane Mask
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African art > African mask > Yaoure Mask

This African mask belonging to the company I offers a headdress made up of birds perched on a promontory. A tripartite hair decorated with diamonds dug in the wood highlights a high forehead, while a border of triangular motifs borders the jaw. The small scarifications of the "ngole" are inscribed on the temples. The smooth, sainy surface has thinned areas.
This copy, which could be attributed to the group of Anoman , Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I originally danced around the deceased and leaned up to touch him for a purifying purpose. It also appears at present during rejoicing. The Yaouré are a subgroup of the people Akan found in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and Gouros, the art of Yaouré was influenced by these ...


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Mangbetu Beli statuette
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African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

Body paintings and scarifications, evoked by geometric lines, run through the face and body of this female figure. They were similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations, and varied according to the circumstances.
The fan hairstyle is characteristic of that of the Mangbetu women: from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the young women \


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Kasai Kuba Shoowa Velvet
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African art > African Textile > Velours Cuba

Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of tribal art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men ...


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Kongo Pfemba Maternity
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African art > African Statues > Phemba Maternity

Ex-Belgian tribal art collection.
Naturalism of African art of the Kongo/Yombe group
Group of the Kongo ethnic group , the Yombe are characterized by a statuary with round or pointed headdresses, a mouth ajar on slender teeth, and eyes in which pupils are visible. In this case the look is made up of black pin-head pupils whose glass shard accentuates the hypnotic character. Relief scarifications adorn the bust of the character. Fertility and progeny, central themes of African cultures, are addressed through this motherhood or phemba. The mother sits in a suit on a quadrangular seat.  In order to activate the magical force of the object, the nganga had to insert a nail or blade into the object, the metal, for the Kongo, being a symbol of power endowed with many virtues. ...


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Sculpture Lega Sakimatwematwe
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African art > African Statues > Lega Statues

The symbolism of African lega art
African Post Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an insider of the Bwami, this object is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami ("powerful things") among the many others used over the course of the initiations. Its structure is presented in a cylindrical form supported by four feet whose flexing recalls one of the positions of tribal dance. Four groups of four faces, directed towards the four cardinal points, are superimposed on the trunk which ends in a bouquet of plant fibers.
Two-foot restorations. Mate patina with crusty residue.
The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex ...


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African Yaka Statue
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African art > African Statues > African Yaka Statue

This Yaka African art statue has a regional headdress, the jaw seems grafted to the face and is detached by the use of a different patina. as the facies and extends into a upturned nose characteristic of yaka art. Yaka society is extremely hierarchical and authoritarian. The lineage chief has the right of life and death over his subjects. As often, the artistic trend of the ethnic group has been influenced by neighboring populations. 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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Yoruba Opo Stake
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African art > African Stake > Yoruba Opo stake

In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium, as illustrated by this yoruba veranda post.
A female character wears a tray on her head topped by a rider and his mount. Both have tear-shaped scarifications on the cheekbones as well as large globular eyes and strong mouths.
As often in Yoruba statuary, the patina is made up of bright colors. This polychromy has been very well preserved here.

The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the male society egbe reinforces social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called esusu.


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Female figure Yoruba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Yoruba

This sculpture of African tribal art represents by its attitude an image of fertility. Facilitating communication with the sacred, it reminds the deity of his duties to men. Through the child she carries behind her back she symbolizes the protection of her people and fertility. Wearing braids arranged in crests, it also sports the three deep keloids of the Yoruba nobles on each cheek. The globular eyes, fleshy lips, are also distinctive markers of the tribal statuary Yoruba.
A lack is noted on one shoulder, polychrome crusty patina.
The Yoruba traded slaves with the Europeans and especially the Portuguese before being completely subjugated to the English following a long period of infighting between the various kings or oba in place. The main Yoruba cults are the Gelede, ...


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Masque Chokwe  Pwo
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African art > African mask > Tschokwe Mask

The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi , indicating the power) of African tribal art Chokwe, are exclusively female representations that were accompanied by accessories, a costume ( and adornments, yet still worn by men. Joined to their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their large plateau-shaped headdress, pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The cultural logic of these two icons developed during the pre-colonial period continues to inspire artists in north-eastern Angola. The characteristic patterns on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. This recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic meaning. ...


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Bembé ancestor figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Bembé

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
African sculpture depicting a female ancestor, she adopts the protruding scarifications on the bust and flanks, specific to Kongo cultures. Almond eyes were originally encrusted with mother-of-pearl, earthenware or pearls. The fine-tuning head offers carefully hemmed volumes. The attitude, seated in a suit, is the attitude adopted by dignitaries during interviews. Smooth, polished and sainy surface, patina alternating from golden brown to medium brown. The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that is said to have left Congo in the 18th century. They live north of the Zaire River. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by neighbouring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, Teke, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the ...


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Statuette Ere ibeji Yoruba
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Ibedji

Sculpted according to the indications of the Ifa transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child. The statuettes are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; it anoints them with oil and feeds them regularly. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over. Considered much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji statues influence the life of the family, which is why the family continues to pray to them and to worship them and to give them cults and libations. These ibedji statues are among the most well-known art objects of the Yoruba ethnic group. Indeed, the occurrence of groaning in this ethnic group is stronger than anywhere ...


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Kasai Kuba Shoowa Velvet
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African art > African Textile > Textile kuba

Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of tribal art, consist of a raffia textile base on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the technique of velvet weaving to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men ...


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