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Fetishes are emblematic objects in primitive African art. Used by fetishists and marabouts, they are linked to a number of occult practices such as those used by voodoo.


Azande/Boa fetish statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Zande figurine

African art among the Zande.
Very expressionist janiform statuette, with deformed limbs and endowed with a face reproducing the masks of the group. The head has an opening for fetish or therapeutic materials.
Brown satin patina.
Desication cracks, erosions.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered cannibals, the tribes grouped together under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. The Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", use two types of statues: Kudu statues with a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also so-called Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, in animal or human form, having an apotropaic role which were exhibited during ...


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Vodou Fon Benin Fetish
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Vodou Fetish

Strong" objects of the voodoo cult within African art Emerging from a heterogeneous heap of ropes, chains and wooden sticks, this sculpture, of which only the head would appear, remains for the Vodou of Benin an active force, capable of protecting or healing. Ritual crusty coating mixed with indigo pigments.
This botchio (from bo : "evil spell" in Fon, and tchio , "corpse") erected at the top of a pole was set up at the entrance to the village or a house in order to ward off any threat, physical or spiritual. Some of them had minimalist forms, barely sketched around a central trunk. The multitude of fon gods (the vodun), similar to those of the Yoruba under different names, are represented by fetishes of all shapes and nature. Their shrines are found in Togo, ...


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Fon Vodun Fetiche
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fon Vodun Fetiche

As other Fon fetishes, this statue is a wooden structure covered with aggregates mixed with hairs, probably warthogs and primates. The bent forearms make each other join hands. Facial features can still be vaguely distinguished under libations.

In the course of its history, fon art has been imbued with Yoruba and ewe creations according to migration and trade. However, this art cannot be reduced to these two influences. Indeed, the Fon themselves have brought their originality to their statuary.
Voodoo or vodun, a religious cult whose name comes from a variant of the Yoruba word meaning 'god', is found in them in particular.
These statues were therefore used during vodun rituals according to different procedures.
The slave trade on the coast, the term ...


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Ewe fetish statuette
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > 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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Power Figure Teke Buti
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Teke statue

Statue biteke (sculpted figure) embodying an ancestor of the clan. His hollow bust must have housed the magical charge called " Bonga " or "bilongo", which was generally fixed or concealed by a textile. This symbolism refers to the Téké belief that the abdomen conceals wisdom. These fetishes were placed on the altars of the chiefs.
Matte patina.
Established between the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, the Téké were organized into chiefdoms, the chief of which was often chosen from among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right of life or death over his family, the importance of which determined his prestige. The chief of the clan, ngantsié , kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié which ...


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Songye fetish figure
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye fetish

Devoid of accessories, this fetish Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )is vigorously carved, revealing the adze strikes. Individual fetishes were sometimes carved by non-professionals, the owners themselves. Brown satin patina. Abrasions.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger examples are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The ...


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Kakongo Nkisi fetish figure
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Kakongo fetish

The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé, and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by the king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures related to their worldview. The Kakongo are composed of Bakongo tribes from the left bank of the Zaire River. Sorcerers nganga , both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. To this end, individual protective figures nkisis, to protect against witchcraft and various plagues, are made and loaded by the nganga with all the necessary ingredients to achieve this purpose.


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Banja, Mbanza, Banga figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bandja figure

Graphic face formed by vertical sections divided by the nasal bridge. The rounded back encompasses the arms that run along the bust, a specificity of the ubanguienne region. The functions of these statuettes are comparable to those of the Ngbaka of the Mani-Yanda society, within the framework of therapeutic rites or in preparation before the hunts. Golden brown satin patina. Desication crack on the face.
The banda group, Mbanza, Mabanja, or Banza, made up of about fifty sub-groups, dispersed in Sudan, southern Chad, the Central African Republic, and the North-West of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has various initiatory associations dedicated to spirits and uses sculptures. Banda sculptural traditions have influenced the ethnic groups of Ubangui, Zande, Ngbandi, ...


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Statuette Suku Kiteke
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fetish Suku

Ex-collection of British African tribal art.

A crouching posture for this figure supporting with his hands an imposing head with a thick snub-nosed "muzzle", evoking an evil spirit named kiteke. The strange cylindrical ears are also a notable feature. In neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, crouching posture, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Glossy patina. Cracks of desiccation. Lacks on a foot.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, which are geographically very close in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka ...


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Fetish statue Nkisi Songye
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The sculpture with a face evoking the masks kifwebe related to the society Bwadi ka bifwebe has ritual accessories in the form of metal elements, a horn and a bead of skin usually containing a magical charge. A fur loincloth marks the waist. Eroded wood, lacks.
The fetish Songye, magic sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large size specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ...


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Statuette Congo
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Statuette Congo

Coll. Belgian African art br-This small anthropomorphic sculpture takes in miniature the canons of the statuary kongo. These figures form the vital embodiment of a spirit or ancestor, intermediate according to the Kongo religion between men and the god Nzambi. Very slight desication crack on the base. Light brown patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi by the ...


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Fetish statuette Nkisi of Songye
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Balanced proportions and symmetry for this statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) whose top horn is intact. The tips of the feet, protruding from the raffia loincloth, merges on the circular base. In the hollowed-out umbilical came the magic charge bishimba , also present in the pad attached under the armpits. The power of the fetish would be accentuated by the presence of its accessories. Satin dark brown patina.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society ...


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Statue Nkishi Songye Kalebwe
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This sculpture with angular shapes is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the craftsman and the client. Treated according to the instructions of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force. In the case of the çi-contre fetish, the hollowed abdomen is devoid of it. The face is studded with upholstery nails. In African culture, metal has magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. The face that adopts the features of a middle-aged man recalls both the kifwebe mask. Satin black brown patina.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller ...

Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Ex-German African art collection.

Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )whose top horn is absent. The power of the fetish, according to Songye beliefs, is reinforced by the presence of its accessories, such as metal and various additions of materials, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Light brown patina. Minimal cracks.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. ...


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Songye Nkisi Kalebwe statue
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Magic sculpture, Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ), carved in angular volumes and loaded with the bishimba probably lodged in the horn, the abdomen apparently not harboring any. The power of the fetish would be further enhanced by the presence of various accessories, metal, quolifichets, etc... In this case, only a skin loincloth dresses the fetish. Matt patina. Strong erosions.

Kongo Nkishi Statue
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Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with magical charges (bilongo) ventral and dorsal, with therapeutic aim, this statuette meets the criteria of the nksi objects. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi , to which multiple virtues were attributed. The glazed eyes, encircled with resin, symbolize clairvoyance in a face with naturalistic features.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo, led by the king Ntotela. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the trade of ivory, copper and slaves. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with codified gestures related to their vision of the world. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away ...


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Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo Vili
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fétiche Nkisi

The tribal fetishes of the Kongo kingdom have a magical charge lodged on the abdomen behind a mirror blocking a cavity. The statuette, which has no forearms, is also equipped with a backpack and a ceding headdress, in which magic ingredients have probably been introduced. Eyes with dark pupils are encrusted with glass in reference to extra lucid abilities. Speckled matte patina with residual inlays. Desication abrasions and cracks. The nganga, sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through these types of figures, most often consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi.
Shez the Kongo, nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then ...


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Senoufo figure in bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Senoufo figure

This figurative fetish statuette is said to be a divinatory fetish object. It would be of Tussia origin, Senoufo sub-group of Burkina-Faso. Irregular greenish-grey granular patina
. The Senoufos, the name given to them by the French colonists, are mainly composed of farmers who are scattered between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years . They gather in a sacred enclosure called sinzanga located near the village, among the trees. Upon the death of one of the Poro members, ...


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Figurine Biteki Bembe
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Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex.Brazzaville,and not to be confused with the Bembe group from the north of Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembe group,Béembé, was influenced by Teke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Settled in the present Republic of Congo, the Béembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory trade, copper and slaves were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization.The village leader, nga-bula, was responsible for interceding with the ancestors. Hunting was a major activity and the ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors, ...


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Kongo Sundi Fetish
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This type of fetish dedicated by nganga was endowed with a magical ventral load with therapeutic purposes. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures of individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. Golden clear patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo Kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, however, they still incorporate ...


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Statuette Ngbaka
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ngbaka Fetish

The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. A nasal ridge running up to the mouth here divides the large concave orbits characterizing the ovoid face of this hermaphrodite character. The rounded volumes of the body follow one another with rhythm from the head, with a rounded back bearing forward two small short arms gathered around the chest, a narrow bust widening towards developed lower limbs carried by massive feet.
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