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African art - African Dolls:

Many contemporary commentaries claim that dolls and puppets were introduced to the African continent by Catholic missions for didactic purposes. However, it is obvious that the ancestral tradition of the puppeteer show existed well before the arrival of the missions. African puppets are predominant in male shows, while dolls are used by girls and women.


Couple of statuettes Ibedji Yoruba
African art > African Statues > Statuettes Ibedji

Here, the protective adornments of the " are available in multiple rows of coloured necklaces and leather amulet bags for these statuette-dolls "ere" (statues), embodying twins. Based on spherical bases, the characters are depicted wearing a sagittal crest made of braided hair gathered in a shell. Hands are placed on the hips. Smooth, sainy surface, residual red bark powder inlays.
In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born 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 she dies, the remaining twin takes over. A man sometimes had ibeji for his wife to sculpt in order to arouse pregnancy. ...


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Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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Here, the "abiku", adornments with a protective purpose, can be found here in each of the characters carved into coloured pearl necklaces, cauris chains, and metal bells. These statuette-dolls "ere" (statues), evoking twins, feature a hairstyle formed of braids gathered in a sagittal crest.
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In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born 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 she dies, the remaining twin takes over. A man sometimes had ibeji for his wife to sculpt in order to arouse pregnancy. Supporting the soul of the twin, the ibeji influences the life of the ...


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Ewe fetish statuette
African art > African fetish > Ewe Fetish

African art and tribal cult vodun of the ewe and fon
Affubé populations of various amulets in the form of jewelry, horns filled with substances mixed with red clay, metal accessories, dried seeds, and reptile skin belt, this realistic statuette was ritually coating with a thick powder coating peeling locally. The pupils are made up of red beads, and one of the feet is altered. Desication cracks, furrows.
In Togo, African fetishes are part of beneficial or evil rituals according to the intentions of their owner. The fetishists, following the divination ritual of the fa using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer more conventional ready-to-use versions.
These practices are still in use today are sometimes decried and ...


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Fertility doll Akua ba Fante
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African art > African Dolls > Fanti figurines

Fante art has become known mainly for its fertility dolls, which are worn by pregnant women, who do not have to lay eyes on a malformed being or object, lest their children resemble them. On the other hand, by looking at these dolls, expressions of idealized beauty, they are supposed to promote the beauty of their future children. These dolls carved in the Fante, population akan coastal regions of Ghana, ancient gold coast, have a slightly different appearance than those of the Ashanti. However, their function is more or less similar. The head here adopts a rectangular shape. We find the ringed neck and the tubular bust, here devoid of arms, established on a cicular base and reduced breasts. This statuette, the back of which features geometric engravings associated with the scarfications ...

Poupée Mossi Biga
African art > African Statues > Mossi doll

A schematic anthropomorphic sculpture, whose appearance of the head varies by region, it represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. As a fertility attribute, the stylized chest is highlighted on the tubular bust marked with linear scarifications. The stylized head evokes the braids worn in crests by the girls. Satin light brown patina. 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 confinement, the doll, which becomes a child who asks to be fed, ...


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Statuette Ewe Venovi
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African art > African Dolls > Ewe Doll

A Togolese version of the Ibedji fetish statuettes of The Yoruba of Nigeria, the fetish carved according to traditional conventions is simply enclosed by a textile held by a string. The object was ritually coated with indigo forming a thick film. Desication cracks. The Ewe consider the birth of twins called Venavi (or Venovi) as a happy omen. They must be treated equally and fairly. For example, both will be fed and washed at the same time and will wear the same clothes until puberty. If one of the twins dies, the parents obtain a statuette to replace the deceased child and turn to a fetishist to activate its magical virtues.
She will be of the same sex as the child she represents and replaces but plans into the future that the child will not have known by sporting adult traits. ...


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Couple of twins Venovi Ewe
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A Togolese version of the Ibedji fetish statuettes of The Yoruba of Nigeria, the figures with stocky bodies rest on large rounded feet whose blackening indicates shoes. Glossy yellow ochre patina. Desication cracks. The Ewe , living in the coastal region west of the Volta and south of Togo, consider the birth of twins called Venavi (or Venovi) as a happy omen. They must be treated equally and fairly. For example, both will be fed and washed at the same time and will wear the same clothes until puberty. If one of the twins dies, the parents obtain a statuette to replace the deceased child and turn to a fetishist to activate its magical virtues.
She will be of the same sex as the child she represents and replaces but plans into the future that the child will not have known by sporting ...


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Fertility figure Akua ba Ashanti
African art > African Dolls > Ashnati doll

Akuaba doll statuettes (plural Akua'mma) are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable by their structure. Their circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the lines usually appear in the lower third of the head. The latter is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms develop at a right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base.
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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 Ashanti founded a monarchy as early as the 17th century. The ...


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Namji Fertility Doll, Namchi
African art > African Dolls > Statue Namji

Fertility dolls of African art
This ancient copy offers a stylized anthropomorphic evocation whose rectangular limbs feature rough circular hands and feet. Glass beaded bracelets and necklaces highlight the shapes of the object swaddled in textiles. A proportionally reduced head, with exorbitant round pupils, emerges from the set. The crest hairstyle is pierced with a tether opening. Small talismans, in the form of shells, leather bags, calabash fragments, are joined to the adornments embellishing the doll. The sides of the face are notched indicating the traditional scarifications of the ethnic group. Abraded-use skate. It is only recently that the dolls of the Namji or Dowayo , an animist mountain people living in northern Cameroon, have only recently been known. These effigies ...


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Ashanti Akuaba doll
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African art fertility figures Ashanti
Given generous feminine attributes, this female doll is called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma). This copy retains the flat and circular head of its stylized sisters, but in this case the body displays a curved chest and buttocks and a prominent umbilical. Fine necklaces of bright pearls, concealing a loincloth in textiles, emphasize her hips. Locally abraded dark skate.
These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, squeezed 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 ...


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Ashanti doll
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African art fertility figures Ashanti

This female doll is called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma); its head is flat and circular on a body with a curved chest and buttocks and a protruding umbilical. Exception to the rule, rounded volumes replace the stylized body, devoid of lower limbs. The yellow beaded adornments contrast here with the locally abraded dark patina.
These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, squeezed 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, ...


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Namchi Doll , Namji
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Fertility dolls of African art
The proposed copy offers a stylized anthropomorphic evocation whose rectangle limbs have rough circular hands and feet. Fine bracelets of glass beads, like the neck and bust, highlight the shapes of the swaddled textile object. A proportionally reduced head, afflicted by partial blindness due to the disappearance of one of the pearls, emerges from the whole. Small talismans, in the form of cauris, leather bags, fragments of snail shell and gourd, are joined to the adornments embellishing the doll. The sides of the face are notched indicating the traditional scarifications of the ethnic group. Abraded-use skate.
It is only fairly recently that the dolls of the Namji or Dowayo , a people of animist mountaineers living in northern Cameroon, have ...


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Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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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 ...

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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 ...

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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Fertility doll Ashanti Akuaba
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Akuaba doll statuettes (plural Akua'mma) are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable by their structure. Their circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the lines usually appear in the lower third of the head. The latter is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms develop at a right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base.
Oiled Black Skate. Visible usage marks. These 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 Ashanti ...

Statuette Ibedji Yoruba
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Ibeji statuettes, the incarnation of the missing child in African art Yoruba.De large globular almond eyes, deep scarifications on the face, braids gushing from the top crest generally illustrate the aesthetic traditions of African Yoruba art. Solidly camped on a flat stand, this feminine effigy, depicted nude, sports beaded belts. Brilliant chocolate patina, residual red ochre inlays, traces of indigo on the headdress.
In the language of the people Yoruba , ibeji means twin: ibi for and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. These African statuettes named ibeji are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who has to take care of them; it can wash and feed them regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. Considered much ...


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

Akuaba doll statuettes (plural Akua'mma) are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable by their structure. Their circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the lines usually appear in the lower third of the head. The latter is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms develop at a right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base.
Oiled Black Skate.
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 Ashanti founded a monarchy as early as the 17th century. The ...

Ashanti Akuaba doll
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African art > African Dolls > Ashanti doll

Akuaba doll statuettes (plural Akua'mma) are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable by their structure. Their circular head has a high forehead occupying the upper part, the lines usually appear in the lower third of the head. The latter is carried by a small cylindrical body whose arms develop at a right angle. The legs are absent, the trunk integrating directly into a slightly wider base.
Honey version for this doll adorned with pearl necklaces. Glossy patina, kaolin residue.
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 ...


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Couple of twins Ibedji Yoruba
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Gemini in African art Yoruba.
The statuettes are distinguished here by their braided crest hairstyles, their pearl necklaces, and their clothing. Symbol of wealth and fertility, the rosaries of cauris knotted on their wrists. Lilibation residues mattify the smooth surface. Sculpted according to ifa indications transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo , the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child.
The statues 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, also offering them sacrifices. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over.
Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji statues, ...

Statuette Ere Ibedji Yoruba
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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. This feminine statuette is draped in a woven cotton garment on which are regularly embroidered cauris symbolizing wealth and fertility. These ibedji statues are among the ...





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