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African art - Djembe Tam Tam:

The Djembe, tam-tam, for musical instruments that they are also tools of communication in the bush and the forest. From one ethnic group to another they are decorated with mystical representations of the people who use them.


Sango Rattle
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Belgian collection of African art
This rattle, in the form of a woven basket extended by a handle, is decorated with the face of an ancestor of the bwete, similar to those found on the reliquary baskets of the Bakota. Plant elements, such as seeds, are inserted into the instrument to produce a soft sound during rhythmic dances.
The Bakota, living in the eastern part of Gabon and sometimes in the Republic of Congo, have a flourishing artistic tradition. Their blacksmiths, in addition to carving wood, made agricultural tools and ritual weapons. Sculptures play a crucial role in serving as a link between the living and the dead, particularly in bwete rituals, which are reminiscent of those of the Fang.
The Mitsogho, established along the Ngoumé River in a forest ...


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Sanza Zaramo
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Belgian tribal art collection.

Widely used in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a sounding board to which metal tabs of varying lengths have been attached. The soundboard formed by the stand, with holes on each side, contains seeds that produce a sound when the object is manipulated. The thumbs of both hands will press on the board to make the front ends of the tongues vibrate. In Zaire, however, where all fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play in complementary registers. The instrument will also sometimes accompany a singer. While sanzas are often decorated with traditional motifs, this example has some broken lines that are now indistinct.
Velvety patina.


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Double Bamileke Ritual Bell
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French African art collection.
Arms, jewellery, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths of many African cultures, such as blacksmiths turned kings (Zaire), the anvil hammer being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, the metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. This double gong, in its simplicity, was a sacred instrument and the emblem of one of the many male societies of the peoples of Grassland, the Kwifoyn, whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden rods on hollow metal announced the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also prestigious objects, ...


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Balafon Djanou Bwa
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Ex private collection of African art Emile Robyn (Brussels, Belgium).

The balafon, or xylophone, belongs to the family of idiophones from West Africa. The sound is generated by the reverb in the gourds of the percussion on the aligned wooden blades. Literally, the word balafon comes from the Malinke bala" meaning "instrument" and "fon" meaning "sound". The particularity of Djanou is to be raised at its ends and provided with handles of transport. It was Emile's grandfather, Abel Robyn, who started the collection in 1850. It was passed on over three generations. When Abel died in 1895, his son Jerome Robyn inherited this collection which he extended until his death in 1968. Emile Robyn inherited from his father and completed this magnificent collection over his purchases that ...


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Ashanti drum
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African musical instruments. Throughout the African continent, these drums accompany various ceremonies with their rhythm. The animal skin is stretched over the sounding board with a fiber rope attached to large wooden posts. This Ashanti tam-tam, with its hollow cylindrical shaft, has a dull, ochre-yellow patina from use. Desiccation cracks.
The Ashanti form one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (formerly the "Gold Coast"), of the Akans group, inhabiting a region covered by forests. Like other populations living in the central and southern part of Ghana, they speak a language of the Twi group.
Ref: "Royal Museum for Central Africa, Musical Instruments" J. Gansemans.


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Touareg Drum
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Drum with handles whose resonance box stretched with skin is formed of a gourd. The lacing is made of leather and wicker strips. Old piece, marks of use. Scattered throughout the Saharan region of Libya, Mali, Algeria and Niger, the Tuareg (sing.: Targui), or "Veiled Men", come from Berber pastors fleeing the Arabs in Libya in the 7th century. The Targui blacksmith also carves wood, this being a rare material, the carved objects which are often repaired to prolong their use are part of the dowry.


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Tambour Cuba
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The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of decorative art objects created for members of the high ranks of their society: cups and drinking horns, baskets, weapons, neck rests, chairs, masks and statues. These items were also offered to passing visitors. The Leus live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs.
Their musical instruments, among which there are various carved drum forms, accompanied the masked dances or funeral ceremonies of the initiation societies. Decorated with zoomorphic figurative motifs evoking forest animals, this drum set on a flared base is also equipped with a handle adorned with a face extended with one hand. Held by small ...


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