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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.


Songye Fetish Statue
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The spectacular fetishes of African Songye art.
In the centre of the bouquet of feathers that make up the headdress of our fetish, a sheep horn rises. Among the extra magic accessories with specific virtues, the brass elements nailed to the face and the triple necklace of white beads. A magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi), this protective ritual sculpture, dressed in a carefully woven raffia loincloth, frequently features magical elements ( bajimba) inserted into the horns or abdomen. The head takes up the structure and features of the mask kifwebe on a ringed neck. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, which is why they were moved with rods inserted under their arms. Nkishi plays the role ...


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Beembé ancestor figure, Bembé
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African art > African Statues > Bembé Figure

Statuette of male ancestor Bembé,Béembé, which has, engraved on the bust, body marks associated with scarifications, witnesses of the social and initiation evolution of the individual, specific to Kongo cultures. The look is set with bone. The character adopts the pose of dignitaries during interviews. Glossy patina.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of Babembé (pl.) was influenced by the Teké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. Indeed the Beembé, or Babembé, together with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo, were once part of the tribes of the Kongo kingdom.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , chief of the village, interceded with the ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position ...

Statuette Ewe Venovi
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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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African art > African Dolls > Couple Ewe

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.
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Statue Teke janiforme Mpwau
African art > African Statues > Statue Teke

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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 Biteki Suku Yaka figure
African art > African Statues > Yaka figure

These primitive African statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that ensues are an opportunity today for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and resort to rituals with the help of charms related to the institution "khosi". The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found in the Eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc...),and which uses various charms and masks in order to ensure a vigorous lineage.
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Fertility figure Sukuma / Nyamwezi
African art > African Statues > Statue Sukuma

A gourd draped in animal skin and fur, trimmed with cords, serves as an abdomen for the çi-contre statuette, originating from the inner region of Tanzania.This rare sculpture-fetish embodying an ancestor extols fertility by this bulging body, and the hands of the character placed around the umbilical. Oiled red brown patina.
In the southern region of Tanzania's coastline, around Dar-es-Salam, a relatively homogeneous group produced most of the artistic productions. It includes Swahili, Kaguru, Doé, Kwéré, Luguru, Zaramo, Kami. The second region is a territory covering southern Tanzania as far as Mozambique, home to some Makonde and Yao, Ngindo, Mwéra, and Makua. In northeastern Tanzania, the Chaga, Paré, Chamba, Zigua, Maasai, Iraqw, Gogo, and Hehe have an artistic production with ...


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Fetish statuette Nkisi Kongo
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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Statuette Ngbaka
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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Statuette Nkisi Congo
African art > African Statues > Statuette congo

Tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga , this fetish of kongo has a magical charge housed on the abdomen, in a cylindrical resinous gangue, and in the back, hidden in a textile bag. This amalgam or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powdertukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was therefore supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The hollowed-out orbital cavities were frequently sealed by glass. The mouth is gaping, revealing the teeth. The character is shown kneeling with his hands resting on his thighs. The high headdress is composed of a bouquet of feathers gathered by a string of raffia. Clear patina with a ...


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Statuette Songye Nkisi, Nkishi
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Ex-French African art collection, estimated in the auction room at 400 euros.
The Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) is a protective fetish of the Songye, tribal sculpture with a protective vocation. A raphia cloth forms a thick loincloth. A horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, rises from its skull. Other cavities on the statues could also hold apotropaic ingredients. The digitized hands support a protruding abdomen, witnessing the lineage. Satin patina. Base on request not included. These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African culture. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the ...

Songye janiform fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

These Songye fetishes sculpted back-to-back in the wood present the invariable features of the magical statues produced by the ethnic group: frontal position, legs spread semi-flexed, arms bent against a bust whose abdomen forms a protrude. The faces take the form of the kifwebe masks linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe. The figures were probably stripped of ritual accessories of origin horns, beads, bags of various amalgams, metallic elements. The ravinewood reinforces the unusual aspect of the object.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large copies are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes ...


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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 ...

Fetish Luba / Hemba Kakuji Kabedja
African art > African fetish > Statuette Luba

The anthropomorphic figure of joined busts topped by four faces devoid of features is the powerful fetishes kabeja, also used in the Luba, and in the Kasongo living in contact with the Luba, Hemba and Songye populations, who call them kakuji. The top of the room is pierced with cavities in which a bijimba , a charge composed of magical elements from the natural, human and plant environment, were implanted. The figure has arms folded in front of the bust like the ancestor statues and offers, alternately applied, thick residual inlays of colored clays mixed with palm oil. Each of the clans had a kabeji sculpture for protection and healing. But this type of fetish could also be reserved for individual use.
The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. ...


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Fetish statuette Ewe Venovi
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African art > African fetish > Ewe Fetish

A Togolese version of the Ibedji fetish statuettes of Nigeria's Yoruba, the fetish carved according to traditional conventions is simply swaddled in animal skin now amulets in the form of hooked metal elements. Fertility-symbolizing cauris accessorize the room. The object was ritually coated with indigo and white clay forming a thick granular film. 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 ...

Statuette Songye
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

The traditional fetishes in African Songye art.This Songye sculpture is a magical statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi). This protective fetish of the Songye, tribal sculpture with a protective vocation, has a stylized face reminiscent of the features of the Kifwebe mask. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence, a witness to lineage. It is accessorized with raffia bracelets and an animal skin skirt. The magic charge, absent, was attached to the top of the skull by a nail.
Dark brown velvety patina.
These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. The Songye considered them dangerous to handle, which is why they were moved with rods inserted under their arms. Nkishi plays the role of mediator between gods and humans in the African ...


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Songye Nkishi Fetish
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African art > African fetish > Statue Songye

The traditional fetishes in the African art of the Songye.
This metal-plated Songye sculpture, sacralized by the nganga , is awe-down with many magical and symbolic elements, such as metal bells and balls, shells and pearls, ropes, leather bags, raffia loincloth, feathers, mammalian skins. Tribal statue named Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), it forms a protective fetish of the Songye. Its blue tubular pearl necklaces are associated with the seven-year cycle of the initiation association of bukishi . A horn, in which magical elements ( bajimba) were introduced, rises from its skull. The large digitized hands highlight the abdominal prominence marked by a metal capsule, witness to the lineage. The appearance of the fetish has been enhanced, with its head facing side, thanks to a ...


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Statue of Congo Nkisi Yombé
African art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

Fetishes of power in African art Kongo
Among the Kongo, the nganga se charged rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkisi (pl. minkisi). The term nkisi fused to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin".The most influential category of U022minkisi 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 made, each nail evoking a particular case: litigants, divorce, conflicts between communities...
The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to settle the conflict was properly implemented, and that individuals feared the consequences of their behaviour. His appearance thus personified the resident strength.

Juché on a pedestal, this armless figure is dotted with ...


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Figure de pouvoir Nkondo Nkisi
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African art > African Statues > Kongo Fetish

Fetishes of power in African art Kongo
Among the Kongo, the nganga se charged rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkisi (pl. minkisi). The term nkisi ft then used to refer to the concepts of "sacred" or "divin". The most influential category of U.S.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 made, each nail evoking a particular case: litigants, divorce, conflicts between communities...
The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to settle the conflict was properly implemented, and that individuals feared the consequences of their behaviour. His appearance thus personified the resident strength.

Juché on a discoid base, a figure with a bleached ...

Fetish Songye Nkishi Kalebwe
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 ...


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Namji Fertility Doll, Dowayo
African art > African Dolls > Fertility doll

This anicenne effigy with arched limbs surrounded by cotton thread is sheathed in leather. The head, like the feet and hands, is formed in a simple metallic volute. On its abdomen, the magical virtues of a talisman in the form of a metal cabochon adorn a belt. Decorative elements, arranged in small successive metal balls, make up a dressing of the most beautiful effect. An ethnic group in northern Cameroon made up of animist mountaineers, the Dowayo , " Namji ", " Namchi ", use anthropomorphic figures, dolls, as part of fertility rituals. The women carried with them these dolls donated by their husbands in the hope of becoming mothers. The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a ...


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