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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.


Pendé Ritual Fetish
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Estimated in the auction room between 500 and 700 euros, this cup forming the base of the bust of this statuette has a matte surface accompanied by grainy inlays. It attests to a use intended for therapeutic or magic preparations. This object, probably belonging to the soothsayer, has a patina that has been glossed up by the gripping and ritual anointings, revealing a beautiful mahogany wood under the blackish bed-enceding. The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the oriental settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a ...


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Songye Fetish Statue
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Fetishes in The African Art of Songye.Magic Sculpture named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), it is a protective fetish of the Songye, composed of a character perched on a hybrid being, horned, with a menacing face.  A large horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, was placed in the center of the tiara which it sports, among smaller elements of the same nature, one last one rising from its abdomen.  Other cavities on the statues could also hold apotropaic ingredients. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence, a witness to lineage. Wicker strips, firmly coiled, hold under the arms of the effigy of the sticks that allowed its transport. Brilliant patina, which is locally mative lying with sandy residue.
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Oracle de divination Luba/Songye Katatora
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Divinatory tool to communicate with ancestors. Incorporating the category of objects nkisi , nkishi , this sculpture was attributed to a secret power because it formed the receptacle of a spiritual energy. The Luba, like their neighbors Songye, use this type of objects related to the divination kashekesheke named katatora and lubuko. According to François Neyt, the object was carved from wood (kibekwasa ) with magical properties. During the interview, the ring was caught by the soothsayer and his client, who dragging it onto a mat or headrest in response to the questions asked (producing the sound of 'kashekesheke', 'extracting the truth'). The figurative motif here consists of a head with eyes encrusted with cured and capped with braids gathered backwards in hulls. Chocolate satin ...

Fetish statue Nkishi of Songye
African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

Angular volumes form this androgynous anthromorphic sculpture. Always intriguing by the diversity of their magical paraphernalia, the African fetishes mankishi (plu.) of Songye, specialists in the field. The summit horn, usually loaded with bishimba in which magic ingredients mingle, springs here in the center of the headdress. The various magical accessories, added by the ritualist named nganga , are made up of necklaces, inlays of upholstery nails, and ropes as loincloths. Each of them played a role in protecting themselves from witchcraft. Patine mate. Cracks.

The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River in the middle of the savannah and forests. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. This anthropomorphic sculpture, sporting a metallic thread wrapped around the wrist and a fragment of skin under the chest, retains the specificities of songye statuary, with the facies of a Kifwebe mask, the bulging belly without a ventral load bishimba, the stocky legs, apart, semi-reshuffed, supported by wide feet. The charge was likely introduced into the summit horn.
The Kuba did not produce fetishes, they bought them from their neighbours Songye, considered experts in the field. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with iron rods or hooks under the arms to move it. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular ...


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Two-headed Songye Horn
African art > African fetish > Songye Horn

Among the most unlikely objects of curiosity, this ritual horn Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) is equipped with two heads highlighted in animal fur. The faces are directed in opposite directions, symbolizing the double view of the medium. A magic charge bishimba was probably introduced at the end of the horn, clogged. An internal chain resonates against the walls of the horn, producing a tingle with each move of the object. Oiled dark patina.
Hightop: 30 cm Length: 27 cm.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between God and humans, charged with protecting against different evils. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, and smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the ...


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Statuette Mumuye
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African art > African Statues > Mumuye Fetish

A pointy growth caps our little mumuye sculpture. The sculptor named rati or molabaiene, sculpted this figure according to the traditional criteria in use. Sketched lines, notches, and scarifications in cat mustache. A recurrence, crenellating limbs and arms in The V glued to the bust. Satin patina, scattered abrasions.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, Kona Jukun, Mumuye and even the Wurkun populations stands out for its relative absence of ornamentation and uncluttered stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa-speaking speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire ( tjokwa ) relating to blood and red color, guardians of the cult vabong, among which are elected the chiefs, and those of ...


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Kongo Ntafu malwangu badge
African art > African fetish > Kongo Badge

This unusual composition established on a femur fragment depicts a mythical animal or a canid carrying two human figures in a bust. It is an emblem of the initiation society nkimba of Kongo, symbolizing the gift of double view of the initiate following contact with spirits and ancestors. The whole thing could house a magical charge for therapeutic or protective purposes. Satin black brown patina. Height on a base: 41 cm.
The Vili, the Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, 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 ...


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Teke Mpwau statue
African art > African Statues > Teke figure

Joined back to back, these figures of Téké or Biteke ancestors share a hollowed-out, reworked, glass-blocked common core to shelter the mystical charge called Bonga. The whole thing is tied and coated with crusty materials. The faces streaked with traditional scarifications, bordered by a wide collar encrusted with cauris, are topped with a large crescent.
Andeblis between 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, ngantié , kept the great tar-mantsie protective fetish that oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the mighty sorcerer and soothsayer who ...


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Songye fetish statuette
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Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songye are related to the Luba with whom they share common ancestors. An anthropomorphic figure of the type nkishi foreful of ritual adornments, it retains the specificities of the Songye statuary, endowed with the face of the Kifwebe mask, and a bulging belly on which lay long fingers extending the hands of graceful arms. The magic charge bishimba is inserted here at the top of the skull, sealed by a resin, and under the chest in a small bulge of skin.
Light BrownPatine.
The Songye, considered experts in the field, supplied their kuba neighbors who did not produce fetishes. Since the object could not be touched, it was inserted with iron rods or hooks under the arms to move it. These protective fetishes for homes ...


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Fetish statue Nkishi Songye
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Always intriguing by the diversity of their magic paraphernalia, the African fetishes of Songye, specialists in the field: Ingredients of various origins were introduced in the abdomen of fetishes, in the horn, sometimes also in pouches attached to the loincloth, in order to strengthen the power of the object. Textiles, feathers and necklaces were also necessary attributes to guard against witchcraft.
The summit horn is absent on this work which is disitngue by its skin cloak and its mouth and abdomen that reveal broken horns and animal teeth. Patine mate.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled along the Lualaba River in the middle of the savannah and forests. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the ...

Fetish statuette Nkisi Songye
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

African statuette Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of Songye, this tribal fetish has a sculpted head in the image of the Songye's Kifwebe mask. The arms are absent, highlighting a tubular, narrow bust, and the horns concealing the magical charges bishimba also. However, cords and raffia are wrapped around the neck and hips of the figure. Wood exuding a matte oily patina, speckled with kaolin residue. Very slight cracks.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between God and humans, charged with protecting against different evils. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, and smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to ...


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Kongo Sundi Fetish
African art > African fetish > Statuette Sundi

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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Fetish Yaka Njila
African art > African fetish > Statuette Yaka

A small fetish whose stylized face evokes a bird, he was placed inside the house to protect against witchcraft and other malice. These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. These lineage charms were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Powerful fertility properties were supposed to accompany this bird-faced statuette named njila.
Archalist and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage chiefs with the right to life and death on their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young ...


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Fetish Kusu Hemba
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African art > African fetish > Statue Kusu

The Kusu on the left bank of the Lualaba, have borrowed the artistic traditions of Luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba. Once under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters worship ancestors with effigies long attributed to the Luba.The statues singiti were preserved by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Parallel to the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi , and female, the bukibilo , played a large role within the clan. Individual protective figures such as our copy, used by the Hemba and Kusu, were inspired by songye fetishes. The magic charge, composed of ingredients of various ...


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Doll Ashanti Akuaba
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The Akuaba doll statuettes (plural Akua'mma) are primarily 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 features are usually drawn in the lower third of the head. The latter is worn by a body with rounded shapes whose contours are embellished with necklaces of glass beads. Smooth satin patina. This people regard women as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes evoked 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 identities of the various Akan ethnic groups have been ...


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Teké Medicinal Horn
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African art > African fetish > Fetish Téké

This horn has been filled with ingredients to which magical properties are attributed. Two sculpted heads, bearing the traditiobnnelles scarifications teké, emerge, held by textile ropes tied at the base. Glossy dark patina.
benebene between the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Téké 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, gantié , kept the great protective fetish ttar mantsié who oversaw all the ceremonies. It was the mighty sorcerer and soothsayer who charged magical elements, for payment, individual statuettes. It was also according to his instructions that ...


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Statue of Nkondi Congo
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African art > African Statues > Nkondi 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 primitive statues have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen. Here, the cavity is blocked by a cauri indicating the umbilical. The figure has feet anchored on high headlands. Red ochre patina.
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 influential category of "minkisi kongo" consisted of instruments to help regional leaders enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as soon as a decision was ...


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Statuette Mangbetu
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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 of ancestor Songye
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Lacking magical accessories, this African sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) depicts an ancestor standing frontally on a circular base. The hands highlight an abdomen whose hollowed-out prominence enhances the umbilical. The face recalls the face of the Kifwebe mask by the grimacing mouth, protruding, and the wide eyeballs. Glossy dark patina. Desication cracks.
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 is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statuette
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African tribal art and ritual fetishes
Statue-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic devoid of accessories. The fingers highlight the cup of the umbilical, in which was intriduce a protective magic charge. An animal coren rises to the top, sealing the opening in which ritual elements were also introduced. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends into the beard, here resuming the face of the mask kifwebe , and the attitude deported forward from the bulging belly.
Belle glossy golden brown patina. Very light abrasions.

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