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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.


Songye Fetish
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Collection belge d' art africain .
Statuette africaine Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi )des Songye, offrant des traits géométriques à l'image du masque kifwebe. Les bras sont positionnés autour d'un abdomen saillant pointant au-dessus d'un pagne de raphia, et libèrent un espace pour y glisser des crochets métalliques comme le dictait l'usage. Patine brune huilée, abrasions.
Le Nkisi joue le rôle de médiateur entre dieu et les hommes, chargé de protéger contre différents maux. Les exemplaires de grande taille sont la propriété collective de tout un village, et les figures plus réduites appartiennent à un individu ou une famille. Au XVIème siècle, les Songyes migrèrent de la région du Shaba pour s'établir sur la rive gauche de la Lualaba. Leur société est organisée de façon ...


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Baga statuette
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French collection of French African art.
Rare fetish statuette associated with the large snake mask of the Baga groups. Abraded patina of use. Slight drying cracks.
The initiatory African mask, serpentiform, used mainly by the Bulongic (village of Kifinda), Baga subgroup of the Guinean coast, can measure up to 2.50 m. These masks were divided into two groups with the names Mosolo kombo and Sangaran, each with specific functions. Their design took shape in an esoteric context, at night in the heart of the forest. Privileges of initiated men, embodying a spiritual entity, Baga Sangaran masks were only present at circumcision, every 24 years according to ethnologist Denise Paulme. During certain dances the mask was placed on the head, held in balance by a bamboo structure and by ...


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Figure of Yaka
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This type of tribal statue providing protection against enemies was made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. This powerful tribal art object was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Satin patina. Slight lack (foot).
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The youth initiation society is the n-khanda, which is found among the eastern Kongo (Chokwe, Luba, etc.), and which uses various charms and masks for the purpose ...


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Yaka statue
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Former French collection of African tribal art. This type of sculpture is a ritual charm belonging to lineages. Performed according to the instructions of Nganga ngoombu and the object’s sponsor, activated using rituals and incantatory formulas and additions in the form of talismans, they have a protective function. The headdress is that of the heads of earth, the nose affects a characteristic upturned shape. Cracks and abrasions. Composed of formidable warriors, the Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right of life and death on their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are the occasion nowadays, for the Yaka, to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals with the help of charms related to the institution "khosi". (C.M.Faïk-Nzuji, ...


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Songye Fetish
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Ex. Belgian collection of African art.
African fetish named Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) whose face with the features of the kifwebe mask is plated with metal sheets. The statue, adorned with various necklaces, bells, gimmicks and statuettes, has a hollowed-out abdominal cavity. Abraded brown patina. Desiccation cracks.

These protection fetishes intended for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples are the collective property of an entire village, the more modest figures reserved for individual or family use.
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 is ...


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Statuettes Dan
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French collection of African art .



These anthopomorphic figures, set on large digital feet, offer a stocky anatomy. Their faces recall the masks dan by the protrusion of the wide lips. Granular residues remain, following the rites that benefited the subjects. Matt black patina.
Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was bestowed during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, the invisible spiritual power, with men. The statuary, rare, held a prestigious role with its holder. They are mainly effigies of wives, lü mä human beings made of wood. They are not spirit incarnations or effigies of ancestors, but prestige figures representing living people, often ...


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Statue Yombe
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African sculpture whose glazed abdomen contains a protective magical charge. The gaze refers to mediumistic abilities. Grainy grey brown patina, desiccation cracks. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Of the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. Source: "Le geste Kôngo" Ed. Musée Dapper ; "Animal" Dapper Museum.


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Statue Teke
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This biteke fetish, devoid of arms, is coated with a clay agglomerate imprisoning three similar figures of reduced size. While sorcerers teke used a variety of sculptures dedicated to healing or protection, women also had them for the purpose of promoting their fertility or protecting their offspring. A native restoration was carried out on one of the feet, still covered with rubber.
Patine mate, black and ochre.
Andeblis 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 ...


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Songye Fetish
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Belgian collection of African art
This piece features the distinctive graphic characteristics of the Songye, characterized by angular shapes. Traditionally, the magical power of banksishi (or Nkishi) is reinforced by the addition of accessories such as talismans, metallic elements, seeds, shells, like the loincloth present here, and sometimes by small leather bags. The absence of the usual horn at the top, which often symbolizes magical charge, indicates that this piece has been desecrated. Its light golden patina, inlaid with white clay, gives it a particular aesthetic.
These protection fetishes, intended for homes, are among the most popular in Africa, playing the role of mediators between gods and men. The Songyes, in the 16th century, migrated from the Shaba region to ...


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Figure Buyu
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This janiform sculpture with hollowed-out pupils, projected into large bleached cavities, is carried by a base evoking traditional African stools. This object is associated with the worship of the water spirit Kalunga , among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The Bembe have comparable statuettes. Satiny patina, desication cracks.
Fral flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu, within the same territories. The Bassikassingo , considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has traced their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami Lega. The traditions bembé and boyo are relatively similar They venerate the spirits of nature, water ...


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Chokwe Fetish
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Singular African statuette whose anatomy is feminine but whose head represents a chief from the Moxico region, wearing the chipangula cheffale. The chiefs indeed had a major function in the propitiation rites intended for hunting and the fertility of women. Applications of castor oil and coloring plant decoctions were generally applied to Chokwe sculptures.
Glossy patina, minor cracks.

Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subject to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwé did not have centralized power ...


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Songye Fetish
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Borrowing the traditional posture of Songye fetishes, this Nkishi statuette however differs in its morphology. The “bishimba” charge would be housed at the top. Glossy patina. Desiccation cracks, gaps.
The Songye fetish, magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi), plays among the Songye the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures belonging to an individual or a family. In the 16th 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 ancestors. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to ...


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Songye Fetish
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Belgian collection of African art
This piece features the typical graphic features of Songye tribal art: a prominent mouth, a triangular nose and facial streaks. The magical charge, usually symbolized by a horn placed on the top of the head, was removed from this piece, desecrating it.
The Songye, originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are closely related to the Luba, with whom they share common ancestors. Protection fetishes, such as the Nkisi, are among the most revered objects in Africa, serving as mediators between gods and men. Larger specimens are often the collective property of an entire village, while smaller ones belong to specific individuals or families. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left ...


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Dan Fetish
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French collection of African art
This small female figure, giving off an impression of strength, is distinguished by its naturalistic realism, highlighting the musculature of her body. Firmly anchored on large feet with outstretched fingers, it presents the typical characteristics of Dan sculpture. The child she carries on her back is coated in crusty residue, revealing libations associated with a fertility cult. Her necklace adorned with a cowrie shell also bears witness to a magical meaning. The dark patina gives the piece a matte finish.
In the Dan tradition, sculptors were once rewarded with gifts of women, food and festive ceremonies for their talent, revealed through a dream. This dream was considered a means of communication with Du, the invisible spiritual power ...


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Statuette Mambila
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Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the men, fulani), installed in the north-west of Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creative god named Chang or Nama, they only worship their ancestors. Their leaders were buried in attics like wheat because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.
Realized according to the same cannons, these statues supposed to embody ancestors frequently have small studs on their heads as a hairstyle, such as this two-colored anthropomorphic figure. A cavity pierced on the abdomen probably contained ...


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Kongo Sculpture
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Rare Kongo-type animal fetish, whose abdomen is provided with a cavity for magical charge, and whose glazed gaze refers to clairvoyance. Minor abrasions and cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world. The nganga sorcerers, 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 scourges, are ...


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Songye Fetish
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Magical sculpture nkishi (pl. mankishi) whose face is comparable to kifwebe masks. The protruding abdomen is devoid of its bishimba load. For the Songye, the addition of various accessories, metal, gimmicks, etc. reinforced the "power" of the fetish. Dark oiled patina. Very minor erosion.

These protection fetishes intended for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large examples 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 is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related ...


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Songye fetish
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British Traditional African Art Collection.
Among the wide range of Songye sculptures, details distinguish this Songye statuette such as the horn inserted into the head at the tip, and the tiny metal crown at the top. The magic power of the bankishi, (sing. Nkishi) is supposed to be reinforced thanks to the addition of accessories, talismans, metallic elements, seeds, shells. The abdominal cavity is filled with a magical charge that can be made up of therapeutic ingredients. Glossy patina, desication cracks.
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 is inseparable from that of the Luba to which they are related through common ancestors.
Very ...


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Zande Statuette
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African art counts among the Azande statues: The Kudu statues representing ancestors, and the Yanda statues of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani. Yanda type, this Zande ritual charm offers a rough old patina. Slight cracks.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they are considered anthropophagic, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed upon his death into an animal totem of the clan to which he belongs. The Yanda statuettes were exhibited during divinatory sessions during which the head ...


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Songye Statuette
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Carved subject, Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi). The substances making up the magical charge bishimba were introduced into the cavity of the skull if the abdomen did not have them. This miniature variant made it possible to keep it with you when traveling. Matte light brown patina rubbed with ocher. Eroded base.
These protective fetishes intended for homes come in diverse styles in the many chiefdoms of the Songye country. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples are the collective property of an entire village, the smaller figures are for private use.
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 is inseparable from that ...


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Kusu figure
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Individual protection figures such as ours, used by the Hemba and the Kusu, were inspired by Songye fetishes. The magic charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, was inserted at the top of the head where an orifice remains.
Irregular satin patina, erosions and gaps at the base. The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba.
The Hemba for their part settled in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba. Formerly under the domination of the Luba, these farmers and hunters practice ancestor worship by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba. The singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies ...


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