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African art - African fetish:

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


Zande figurines
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African art > African fetish > Figure Zande

Hermaphrodite sculpted figure whose surprising feature lies in the oversized, elephantic ears. The ridge of the nose soars joins the skull, where it is marked with scarfications on the cob. The cup eyes also give a hypnotic look. The volume of the bust is marked with reliefs. The amplitude of the pelvis and crenellated lower limbs place sex prominently, a symbol of lineage and fertility. Satin patina. Slight cracks. Lack on one of the feet.
Oesocame known as " Niam-Niam " as anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande , Azandé , settled 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 whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. Their sculptures ...


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Statue nkissi Nkonde Vili/Congo
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A figure of power intended to protect the village, this tribal sculpture features all the peculiarities of kongo's great fetishes, aggressive attitude with his arms raised, eyes encrusted with glass, gaping mouth on limed teeth, body pierced with metal spikes. The ventral charge in which magical elements were introduced is replaced here by a face. The bulge that adorns the character's neck probably contains this type of protective-purpose ingredients.

The Vili, The Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the 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 have produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo
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African art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

The tribal fetishes of the Kongo kingdom have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen behind a mirror closing the cavity. This copy with a chef's headdress is bristling with intertwined nails of various ropes and mixed with a clay aggregate. Eyes with dark pupils are encrusted with glass in reference to extra lucid abilities. A dagger is missing in the raised hand. The nganga, sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through this type of figures, most often consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi .
With the Kongo, the nganga took on the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin". The most ...


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Ewe fetish statuette
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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.
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Holo Hamba fetish statuette
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African art > African fetish > Statuette Holo

The Holo used statuettes to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including the moon and rainbow. These statues were placed near the houses as protection against lightning. Bird figures are also used to protect against ndoki, or wizards, who would activate evil spirits.
In this case the owl embodies a nocturnal protective spirit. The figure Kaponya wa Pwo nyi cikungulu is lined with disparate elements, talismans in the form of ritually charged horn, barks, dried fruits, fagot of feathers. Pink and white ochre pigments were applied to the set. The end of a foot is gnawed.
Situated in The Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Chukwe of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and ...


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Statue of Nkondi Nkisi Congo
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African art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

The nganga , sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through figures, mostly consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi. These tribal statues have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen behind a mirror closing the cavity. This copy, embodying a powerful figure, wearing the leader's headdress, adopts a posture that demonstrates determination. A miniature couple, in an offensive attitude, is strangely supported by one leg, the second being folded. The figure lying on the ground symbolizes the subsubjecting of evil powers. Around the neck and hips of the effigy, different "gris-gris", metal, vegetable fibers, dried seeds, various textiles, bells and cords.
With the Kongo, the nganga took on ...


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Statue Zande, Azandé
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African tribal art counts two types of Azande statues:
The Kudu statues, between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors, and Yanda statues, 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the mani
Very stylized anthropomorphic figure, arms arched on either side of the bust, legs spread apart, legs broaded sideways. The body is regularly punctuated with holes. The geometric head on which the slanted eyes are engraved also gives a supernatural aspect to this sculpture. A magic charge is probably inserted at the top of the head, blocked by a resin.
Oily Dark Patina, Fissures.br-Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name zande , ...


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Zande figurines, Azande
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Minimalist volumes highlight a simple cylindrical trunk supported by a wider ring. The legs reduced, apart, support the whole. Great sobriety for the face in which develop two high cavities encompassing the pierced ears and jaw, and where a mouth suggesting restraint.


Patine polished by use, erosions, slight desication cracks.
Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam Because considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of 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. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the beginning ...


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Lega fetish statuette
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African art > African Statues > League figurines

The African art of Lega , Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest bwami officers of different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami , a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi.Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the ...


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Statuette Ngbaka
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African art > African Statues > 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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Téké fetish scepter
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African art > African fetish > Scepter Téké

Established between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teké were organized into chiefdoms whose leader was often chosen from 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, gantsié , retained the great protective fetish tar mantsié who oversaw all the ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and soothsayer who wascharged" of magical elements, for retribution, the individual statuettes, "mussassi". It was also according to his instructions that worship was given to the ancestors and geniuses of nature. Their secret society, kidumu , used circular flat masks adorned with polychrome geometric patterns. This fetish with a dorsal orifice ...


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Statuette Mipasi Tabwa / Tumbwe
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African art > African fetish > Statuette Tumbwe

The Tabwa ("scarifier" and "crire") are an ethnic group present in southeastern DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe , worship the ancestors mipasi through sculptures held by chiefs or sorcerers. A magical charge (dawa) was introduced to the top of the head of the statues. Our female figure, represented crouching, has for this purpose an animal horn inserted at the top of the head. Soothsayers used such objects to expose witchcraft and protect against evil spirits. Dark patina abraded.
Simples farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks. The Tabwa worshipped ...


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Statuette Biteki Bembé
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Female figure depicted sitting with her hands cut. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond eyes are encrusted with bone. Miss. Light brown patina.
Socle in black wood on request.
Oneblis on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. ...


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Fetish Songye Nkishi Kalebwe
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African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

This powerful effigy, accessorized with feathers, ropes and raffia textile, was moved by stems placed under the arms. The head from which rises a horn filled with magical substances and consolidated with a clay aggregate encrusted with pearls, is in the shape of the Mask Songye Kifwebe. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the mort" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. Various ingredients were introduced into the statue's abdomen, into the horn, sometimes also in pouches attached to the ...

Statuette Mangbetu
African art > African Statues > Statuette Mangbetu

Female figure of the Mangbetu with the illustrious headdress ending in flared volume and linear marks on the whole body. Red-brown patina. Desication cracks.
The character wears body paints and scarifications similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relationships, and which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu, from an early age, the children also suffered a compression of the cranial box held tight by rapia ties.  Later, the young women \


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Statue Teke janiforme Mpwau
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The barrel bust of this Teké statue or dickke fetish, whose faces are topped with a wide crescent returning to the brows, has been hollowed out to house the mystical charge called "Bonga". A textile draped around the object, now missing, kept the load in its receptacle. Established between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teké 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 leader of the clan, ngantsié, kept the great protective fetish tar mantsié who oversaw all ceremonies. It is the powerful sorcerer healer and soothsayer who loaded " of magical elements, for retribution, individual statuettes or nkumi . ...


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Ancestor statuette Teke- Yansi Butti
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African art > African Statues > Teké statue

This statue of Teké-Yansi ancestor, in sacred dance position nibiki, half-flexed legs, has a globular abdomen in which relics or a magical charge ( butti) have been introduced.  Accessories such as chick feathers, vegetable twigs, ossicles and teeth are attached to the wicker strap highlighting the volume of the bust.  Traditional scarifications, in parallel grooves (mabina) are present on the cheeks.
As a powerful character, warrior, nganga, hunter emeritus, or family ancestor, this tribal statue was honored as part of the family cult.
Clay plasters, kaolin residue. Oiled patina.
Established between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Tekine were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen among the blacksmiths. The ...

Zombo fetish statuette
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Neighbouring the Yaka and Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their soothsayers use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, but the ceremonies associated with initatiatic rites stem from yaka traditions. Fetish sculptures are used by the ngangas to protect against evil fate, heal or provoke luck, wealth and fertility.
Little anthropomorphic figure depicted wearing a European-style hat, she appears to be wearing a vest on which her hands rest. The wide orbits recall the yaka statuary but also chokwe, the latter living further south.
Brown patina, apparent veining, traces of indigo ritual anointings.


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Songye janiform protective charm
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African art > African fetish > Songye Charm

Among their array of amulets, fetishes and tribal statues, this small bust statuette was supposed to provide individual protection of the Songye against any kind of bad fate, to promote their wealth and fertility. The faces echo the features of the famous kifwebe sculpted mask. Magical substances are probably enclosed at the base that a strip of oiled textile clogs. 18 cm on its pedestal. Abrasions and shrapnel.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local leaders. The secret society Bwadi however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed during punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their ...


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Statuette Luba
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African art > African Statues > Fetish Luba

This male figure, seated and supporting his chin of his graceful limbs, offers a meditative appearance. She would be an ancestor. Created in order to communicate with the guardian spirits, this sculpture was part of the U-002mvidye", intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature in the Luba of Kasai. The top of the head dispode dispode of crusty residues, presumably of an ancient magic load. Dark brown satin patina. Abrasions of use.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \


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Figures League Katimbitimbi
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Among the variety of objects held by the Lega initiates of the Bwami Association, this figurine, a rare small ivory talisman with a tapered shape, was intended for a high-graded woman who wore it at the waist, tied by the opening on the tip.
Amber oiled patina. The Bwami governs the Lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and instructs their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be worn by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exhibited, and it was through careful observation that the future ...


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