...
Search option




Discover our exceptionnal items

African art items:


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.

Jar anthropomorphic Zande, Azande
African art > African Jar > Pottery Zande

Vase whose neck features a human head with large pierced ears. A double frieze of geometrical patterns is printed on the sides.
Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , came from Chad to settle on the border of the D.R.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed upon his death into the animal-totem 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 court art composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues : Kudu statues between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors. There are also statues ...


View details

280.00

Etoffe Kuba Ntcak Nuseha Bushoong
African art > African Textile > Textile Cuba

Prestigious fabrics among Kuba.
African art objects. Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who ...


View details

280.00

Douala Nyatti Mask
African art > African mask > Douala Mask

African mask board, very graphic, surmounted by horns in arch. It is a stylized, narrow, bovid (nyatti) face, flanked by two wings indicating ears. The piece is embellished with geometric motifs in contrasting colors. A metal blade showing the tongue extends the whole. Abraded patina. Sculpted by sculptors from Douala in the Bay of Cameroon, this type of zoomorphic mask was produced for the initiates of the ekongolo society, still active, to honor the ancestors during ritual ceremonies, and were worn like a helmet. According to the explorer Zintgraff, this mask was also responsible for hunting the uninitiated, which was also the role of the Oku masks of the Grassland. The Douala, living at the mouth of the river Wuri, organized regattas where one could admire, on the ...


View details

350.00

Baoule Moon Mask
Sold item
African art > African mask > Baule Mask

Ex-collection French African art.
Appearing nowadays during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask integrates the set of masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and "warms" the scene before the appearance of more important masks. This circular mask with a chiseled border offers a face topped with mats joined in three lobes that can be seen on many baoulé and yohouré masks. The forehead, the seat of intelligence and wisdom, is emphasized by the raised scarification. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression. Brown and black patina with orange reflections. The African art of the Baoule, Akan group established in the South-East of Ivory Coast, includes a wide range of masks ...


View details

Sold

Ngil s Fang Mask
Sold item
African art > African mask > Fang Mask

This African Fang mask illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of the Ngil Fang masks, distinguished by their austere appearance. The face is highlighted with parallel grooves evoking the tribal scarifications in use, and the hairstyle takes up one of the many models worn by the locally abraded bleached Fang.Patine.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. ...


View details

Sold

Fetish Téké Matomba
Sold item
African art > African fetish > Statue Teke

Four statuettes have a common, spherical trunk, in which the magic charge named " Bonga " or "bilongo" is wrapped in different textiles. The faces are wearing a conical, rimmed hat, highlighted with a red cloth. Satin brown patina, abrasions and desication crack. Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right to life or death over his family whose importance determined his prestige. The clan leader, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which oversaw all ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer-healer and soothsayer who loaded the individual statuettes with magical elements, for a fee. It ...


View details

Sold

Dogon shutter door
Sold item
African art > Door shutter > Dogon Gate

The systems of closure of Sudanese regions in African art.
This flap is made up of an assembly of two vertical planks. It has a lock symbolizing the square and its inhabitants. Carefully sculpted, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic representations appeal to the rich Dogon cosmogony. The characters can symbolize previous generations, the mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. Each of the characters at the top of the panel, related to spiritual life, wears a kanaga mask, exhibited by the Dogon during mourning ceremonies. Small scenes at the bottom of the panel also illustrate mythical animals of creation among the Dogon. Dark ochre patina.
The patterns on the gates in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, ...


View details

Sold

Do you want to hide sold items ? if yes, click HERE
Mask Ci wara of Bamana
Sold item
African art > African mask > Ti wara mask

Sculpted by the blacksmith numu, also playing the role of diviner and healer, this vertical, stylized crest is represented here with the successive arches representing the mane of a male antelope. It would be an animal - genie called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The Bambara remember the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "earth tiger". Wear on the top of the skull and held in place by a basketry toque, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of tòn , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks ran across the field, leaping up and down to chase away the evil scents of the nyama and to detect any danger, or to flush out the evil geniuses who could ravish the souls of ...


View details


Sold for 380.00 Find similar item

Gbékré oracle box Baoulé
African art > African Jar > Baoule Box

Ex-French tribal art collection.
African art divinatory.
Designed to a practice still in use today in the baoulé region of the south-west, the object consists of a mediating tutelary figure, visibly in meditation, leaning on a circular receptacle with a floor. The sides of the box are decorated with parallel lines, the receptacle has in its lower part a circular frieze open. A mouse, considered a messenger of the earth's deities, lived in the lower compartment of the object and the successive arrangement of the elements it moved was read as an answer to the soothsayer's question. The part also has a conveyor belt. A metal plate has been fitted under the box. Beautiful brown patina, smooth, with ochre vegetable paste
Ref.: Mathilde Buratti , \


View details

250.00

Oracle de divination Luba / Songye Katatora
Sold item
African art > African Statues > Oracle Songye

This African sculpture is a tool that was used by the diviner during divination rituals in order to establish, according to him, contact with the ancestors. Including the category of objects nkisi , nkishi , it is supposed to be endowed with a secret power, receptacle of spiritual energy. The Luba, like their Songye neighbors, use this type of objects related to divination, called kashekesheke, named katatora and lubuko. According to François Neyt, the object was carved in a wood ( kibekwasa )with magical properties. During the interview, the ring was caught by the diviner and his client, who would slide it on a mat or a headrest in response to the questions asked ( producing the sound "kashekesheke", "extraction of truth"). The figurative motif here is a miniature of the female mask ...

Etoffe Pongo of The Pygmies of Ituri
African art > African Textile > Textile Pongo

Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw with their fingers or plant stems patterns similar to the tattoos worn by the tribe members.
On this specimen on which the knots of the bark appear, the design is formed of lined patterns drawn on a brown background. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link with the polyphonic songs with which the pygmies of Ituri address God. Soft touch texture.< The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (called tapa in Oceania) decorated ...

Senoufo Poniugo Mask-Heaume
Sold item
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. ...

Masque Bushoong Cuba Isheen imaalu
Sold item
African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

Belgian African art collection.
The spirits of nature, the ngesh , were supposed to be incarnated in the Kuba masks during the dances. The dancers' footprints were then erased so as not to 'injure' women venturing into the dance area. The mask appeared during the initiation ceremonies, sometimes at the funerals of notables. This warrior mask, not belonging to the royal masks, named Ishyeen imaalu and also Pwoom itok , belonged to the company babende. It features exorbited conical pupils highlighted by horn-shaped eyebrows that refer to warriors' hairstyles. Natural pigments, matte, harmoniously juxtaposed, numerous abrasions of use, break on the upper outline and native internal restorations.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is ...

Pongo Textile of Ituri Pygmies
Sold item
African art > African Textile > Etoffe Pongo

Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw designs similar to the tattoos worn by tribal members. In this example, where the fibers spread locally, grids and star patterns have been drawn on the light background, with a line connecting each one. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link with the polyphonic songs with which the pygmies of Ituri address God. The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (called tapa in Oceania) decorated with more complex symbols called murumba or ...

Etoffe Pongo of The Pygmies of Ituri
Sold item
African art > African Textile > Textile Pongo

Ex collection of Swiss African art.
Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these woven fabrics made of ficus bark fibers were painted by women. The men cut wood and hammered the bark, and the women usually used a decoction of gardenia mixed with charcoal ash to draw designs similar to the tattoos worn by tribal members. In this example, parallel graphics have been drawn on a light background. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link with the polyphonic songs with which the pygmies of Ituri address God. The fiber is pierced at two knots in the bark. The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (called tapa in Oceania) decorated with more complex symbols called ...

Sakimatwematwe Lega Figures
African art > African Statues > Lega Statues

African lega art and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during initiations. The structure is in the form of a central trunk, carried by legs, around groups of faces are superimposed, directed towards the four cardinal points. 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 meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to submit to costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of Bwami, the ...


View details

380.00

Lega mask
African art > African mask > Lega mask

Numerous perforations decorate the surface of this African Lega mask. The coffee bean eyes, close together, surmount a narrow mouth on which incisions show teeth. Dark satin patina. This carved work indicated the stage that its holder had reached in the Bwami, an apprenticeship society composed of different grades, which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu.
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 during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega , they live in autonomous villages surrounded by ...


View details

180.00

Luba animal mask
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

Small african mask unusual, of reduced volume, showing a volatile. In its larger version, it was worn in the company of a circular kifwebe mask accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. This type of mask forms a fetish sculpture with a protective purpose. These masks occurred during different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the various initiation societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies are held in tribute to the clan's ancestors, deceased chiefs, and the new moon. Offerings are then granted to the spirits of nature, intermediate between the group and the ancestors. Height on a base: 31 cm.
Shout the Luba the white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world and the ...


View details

150.00

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke Hat

The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a garnish of orange feathers.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally ...


View details

180.00

Goma Mask
African art > African mask > Goma Mask

Ample volume whose concave orbits occupy the central part, this African mask of boa features a face with zoomorphic ears arranged in height. The defined nose is straight, and the mouth points slightly. Parallel grooves and decorative friezes highlight the features. Breaks at the contours. Kaolin crusty residue around the eyes. Dark satin patina.
Live in villages clustered around Lake Tanganyka, the Boa are organized into matrilineal clans living mainly from fishing. Little by little, they mingled with the Bembe and The Buyu established in the mountainous regions near the lake. They worship lineage ancestors, the spirits of nature named maseko and have male initiation associations karunga and kilanda . They are mainly known for their masks related to circumcision ceremonies butende. ...


View details

150.00

Masquette Hemba Ibombo ya soho
African art > African mask > Masquette Hemba

Talisman mask with skewed eyelids between which points a sculpted nose in round-bump. A half-moon, toothed slit follows the contours of the jaw. Greyish brown satin patina. Slight lacks around the edge. Height on a base: 21 cm.
The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern DR Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili, man brother, and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : 'monkey face') belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used during ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which ...


View details

150.00





Previously viewed items
African art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2021 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73 Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100