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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.


Statuette Congo
African art > African fetish > 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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Songye Nkisi fetish figure
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )whose top horn is intact. In the umbilical cup was housed the magical charge bishimba, also present in the horn. The power of the fetish, according to Songye beliefs, would indeed be enhanced by the presence of its accessories, such as nails and cords. Light brown patina.
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. Their history is inseparable from ...


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Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

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. Their history is inseparable from that ...


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Iginga League Figurines
African art > African Statues > League Figurines

African lega art and initiation materials.
Anthropomorphic statuette with a spherical head carried by thick bent legs. Among the many others used during initiations, it belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to submit to costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of Bwami, the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations lasted seven days and included at least ...


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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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Tabwa Mpundu Doll
African art > African Dolls > Tabwa doll

The dolls Mpundu are recognizable by their cylindrical body surmounted by a head whose face is, according to the examples, endowed with little or many scarifications. These dolls are used by members of women's initiation associations. The Tabwa worship twins named bampundu who are supposed to possess magical gifts. Medium orange brown glossy patina.
The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the region along Lake Tanganyika, between Zaire and Zambia. Tabwa or 'be tied up' probably refers to the system of slavery once practiced by Islamic merchants. The Tabwa then regained their independence thanks to the wealth provided by the ivory trade. Just as the influence of the Luba is noticeable in Tabwa societies and rites, Tanzanian tribes have also marked tabwa statuary with regard to geometric ...


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Figures League Katimbitimbi
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African art > Ivory > Figure Katimbitimbi

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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Kongo Vili Nkisi Fetish
African art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

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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Fertility Fetish Yiteke Yaka/ Suku
African art > African fetish > Statuette Yaka

Belonging to a lineage, this figure of fertility came into play in case of trangression whose source was revered by a soothsayer named ngaanga ngoombu. It is also through divination that the rules to be followed to get rid of the curse were prescribed. The figure adopts not only yaka features, but also nearby suku who possess comparable fetishes. With the head engulfed in a wide neck, this effigy is depicted with arms plated with a bulging bust, with digitized hands placed on either side of the abdomen. The sexual organs are valued, the thick legs summarily represented. The satin patina, light brown ochre, has abraded areas, and dark remnants of a dotted coloration on the head. Like the songye fetishes, holes have been dug on the arms in order, probably, to move the fetish without having ...

Couple of statuettes ibedji Yoruba
African art > African Dolls > Couple Ibeji

Wearing only protective adornment 'abiku' colorful pearl necklaces, these doll statuettes (statues), evoking twins, have a conical hairstyle formed of braids. A specificity distinguishes them, the prominent mouth in the form of a beak symolating in the Yorubala divination and the occult world.
Dark brown glossy surface. Indigo residues on the headdress.br- In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for dwo. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash it and feed it regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. A man also sometimes had ibeji for his wife carve in order to induce pregnancy. Supporting the twin's soul, ...


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Songye tricephalous fetish statuette
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Ex-collection Belgian African art.

This intriguing figure with three heads perched on a ringed neck forms a reduced, individual version of the great Nkisi fetishes of the Songye. It has three masked faces of the kifwebe, and the armless morphology is illustrated by stocky, muscular legs resting spread out on a small circular base. Satin black patina. Slight cracks of desiccation. These fetishes of protection intended for housing are among the most prized 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 ...

Kongo/Vili Nkisi fetish statuette
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African art > African Statues > Vili Fetish

The statuette with a bulbous abdomen containing a magic charge could be included in the category of therapeutic fetishes. The amalgam or bilongo introduced consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. Among the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , took charge of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms 'sacred' or 'divine'.
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 ...

Statue of Congo Nkondi Nkisi
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African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

This anthropomorphic sculpture accessorized with different elements added by the nganga is endowed with a magical ventral charge (bilongo). The glazed eyes symbolize foresight. Miss. Crusty patina.
These sculptures, anthropomorphic or zoomorphic, have long been classified as vengeful spirits, but their function is much more ambivalent. It is when the nganga completes the sculptor's achievement by pushing the nails into the nkonde that he acquires his magical charge. Its action is not a secret, its mission is on the contrary public. Once the evils and their culprit are determined, the nganga activates the strength of the nkonde by planting a nail or an iron blade, witnesses of the demand and especially of the agreement reached between the nganga and its client... often seen as ...

Fetish Lwena
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African art > African fetish > Statuette Lwena

Small statuette of atypical design in the form of an anthropomorphic figure whose tubular bust is devoid of arms. The top has a flat, circular growth repeating the volume of the head. This type of sculpture would be about human fertility and land fertility. Brown patina, usual prints.
br>D. Lunda origin, the Lwena, Luena, emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their sculptures depicting figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . Their sculpture was largely influenced by that of the Chokwe.


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

Kongo African tribal art sculptures are illustrated by different expressive postures. The gesture opposite reflects a warlike and aggressive attitude, confirmed by the presence of multiple nails and blades with apotropaic but also offensive aim. The figure's physiognomy reinforces the threatening expression. The elements bilongo conferring additional powers to this statue are placed in the abdominal cavity which is obstructed by a mirror. Satin patina, abrasions and erosions of the base mainly.

Among the Kongo, the nganga performed rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the notions of "sacred" or "divine". The most influential category of "minkisi kongo" consisted of instruments designed to help ...


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Statue janiforme Songye
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

The sculpture, with two faces evoking kifwebe linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe is equipped with ritual accessories with a magical purpose in the form of metal elements. A raffia cloth loincloth, stuck in a resin, marks the waist. Eroded wood, missing.
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 figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to 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, ...


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Fetish statuette Boulu, Bulu
African art > African Statues > Fetish Bulu

Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.
Embodying the spirit of a great ape, this particularly expressive statuette embodies an orangutan . The hips are encircled with raffia cords imprisoned in a resin. The hands rest on a voluminous abdomen. The satin patina is close to a scabby residue. Erosions at the top. Crack of desiccation.
Located between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fang of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to fight against witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal with which the applicant identifies after being accepted into the secret society.


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Fetish Luba / Hemba Kakuji Kabedja
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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. ...

Songye Nkisi fetish statue
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Ex-collection Monegasque African art.
This sculpture without its top horn is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the craftsman and the client. Treated according to the indications of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force: magic charge, various symbolic accessories. The physiognomy, which adopts the features of a middle-aged man, is reminiscent of the kifwebe mask. Satin brown-black patina. The fetish Songye , magic sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , 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 ...


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Holo Hamba fetish statuette
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 named Kaponya wa Pwo nyi cikungulu is lined with disparate elements, wicker rods, feather fagot, textile. br>Situated in 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 agriculture provide for their livelihoods. Neighbouring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo ...


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Kalimbangoma Lega Figurines
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African art > Ivory > Lega figure

Belgian African art collection.
Among the variety of objects held by the lega initiates of the Bwami association, this anthropomorphic figurine, a rare small ivory talisman of tapered form kalimbangoma, had a protective role. Similar figurines, the katimbitimbi, were worn at the belt by the highest ranking women of the Bwami. Light oiled patina.
The Bwami governed the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives, and educated their adherents in terms of moral perfection.  These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and therefore can only be worn by initiates. The owner cannot part with them during his lifetime. The Bwami has different degrees, the yananio and kindi being the highest. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place ...





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