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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.


Ngbandi figure
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A faceted face with a protruding chin, offering the traditional striations punctuating the nasal bridge, and a small figure with truncated arms, separated from the crater bust carried by ringed legs. Oiled patina, nuanced, reddish brown.
The many carved objects are, among the Ngandi, related to hunting and magic. Some represent the Ngbirondo spirit and act as guardians of the village.
Funerary statues were also used, and sculptures of couple yangba and his sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka.

The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people in the north-west of the DRC, south of Ubangui. The Ngbandi live in the east (on the left bank of the Oubangui) and the Ngombe in the south. The initiation of young people, "gaza" or "ganza" (which gives ...


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Zande figure
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African art has two types of Azande statues: Kudu statues, with a height of between 30 and 50 cm representing ancestors, and Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, in animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exposed during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society. Stylized, geometric structure for this Yanda figure carried by spread legs. Clear matte patina.
Formerly designated under the name "Niam-Niam" because considered as cannibals, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming 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 which is transformed upon his death into an animal-totem of the clan to ...


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Fetish Suku
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Ex-collection of British African tribal art.

A crouching posture for this figure supporting with his hands an imposing head with a thick snub-nosed "muzzle", evoking an evil spirit named kiteke. The strange cylindrical ears are also a notable feature. In neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, crouching posture, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Glossy patina. Cracks of desiccation. Lacks on a foot.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, which are geographically very close in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka ...


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Yombe figure
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Character chewing a hallucinogenic root. He presents a glazed gaze that refers to mediumistic abilities. This type of sculpture sometimes illustrates a proverb. Black patina, desication cracks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted 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 a statuary endowed with a codified gesture 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. Aggressive kindoki sorcery is the absolute evil that must be fought. ...


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Songye figure
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Carved in dense wood, this bust figure adopts the physiognomy of the African kifwebe mask from the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. The bishimba magic charge, with a protective aim, is absent. Glossy patina, cracks.
The Songye fetish, 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, the more modest figures reserved for individual or family use. 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 discover ...


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Salampasu figure
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Human figure associated with ancestor worship and fertility rites. The figure represents a masked person. Her bust is tied, a pearl and a cowrie assembled and tied in the small of the back. A fragment of leather remains on the posterior part of the head. Dark patina, abrasions.
Formerly living from hunting and agriculture, a warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south by the Tschokwe and the Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and the Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden kasangu masks and copper-covered mukinka masks, was associated with the society of mungongo warriors (pl. < i>bangongo ). The wearing of these ...


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Statue Sukuma
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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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Vili statue
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Consecrated by the nganga, endowed with a magic charge (bilongo) composed of disparate elements in a receptacle closed off by a mirror, this statuette brings together the distinctive elements of the nkisi sculptures. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. Dabs a face with naturalistic features, the glazed eyes, circled with a resin, symbolize clairvoyance. Eroded base. Satin black patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . 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, they ...


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Songye fetish
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An imposing masked face of the kifwebe of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society wears a headdress devoid of its horn. Metal elements and a skin belt usually containing a ritual charge make up accessories with a symbolic connotation.

Slightly grainy oiled patina, erosions and cracks.

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, the reduced figures belong 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 ...


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Kasongo Fetish
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The personal protection figures kakudjis , used by the Hemba, Kusu and Kasongo, were inspired by Songye fetishes. The magical charge, composed of ingredients of various origins, was inserted into the head cavity. This example retains clay residue in this orifice. The piece is massive, carved in a very dense wood, the arms of the character are extended by a ring that drapes his abdomen, surmounting a cylindrical base. Satin patina. The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and possess a caste system similar to that of the Luba . The Kasongos form a Kusu subgroup, now scattered among the Luba, Songye, and Hemba. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored in ceremonies during which ...


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Songye statue
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African statue Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) of the Songye, which has a head with the features of the kifwebe mask. The prominent abdomen is underlined by a belt followed by a vegetable fiber loincloth. The bishimba magic charge was probably introduced at the top of the head from which rises an animal horn. A second horn, attached to the necklace of the fetish, is also sometimes loaded with therapeutic ingredients. Shaded gray patina. These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between god and men, responsible for protecting against various evils. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, and the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In ...


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Fetish Kifwebe
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Statuette depicting a figure wearing the Songye kifwebe mask. The magical power of the bankishi,(sing. Nkishi) is, according to Songye belief, reinforced by the addition of accessories, talismans, metallic elements, seeds, shells, as here the loincloth, the skin belt, and the down on the head. Beige patina, encrusted with white clay. Cracks of desiccation.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. 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 manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The ...


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Zande Fetish
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Statuette of very structured design, displaying between cylindrical ears a narrow head crossed by a deep groove. Fetish materials are embedded in the umbilical hollow.
Brown satin patina.
Slight erosions.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered cannibals, the tribes grouped together under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the D.R.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. The Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", use two types of statues: Kudu statues with a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also so-called Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, in animal or human form, having an apotropaic role which were exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the ...


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Mambila statue
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Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creator god named Chang or Nama, they worship only their ancestors. Their chiefs were buried in granaries like wheat because they were thought to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.
Surmounted by an animal head, this figure with a face studded with perforations, very expressionist, with exorbitant pupils, adopts the classic attitude of Mambila statuary: the hand resting on the chin. The massive crenellated legs take up the ...


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Kusu fetish
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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.
Light brown patina, erosions and desication cracks.
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 singiti statues were kept by the fumu mwalo and honored during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to them. Along with the authority of the hereditary chiefs, secret societies, male such as the bukazanzi, and female, the bukibilo, played a major role within the clan.


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Statuette Tetela Songye
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From the southwestern region of the Tetela territory, this sculpture forms a schematic interpretation of Songye fetishes. The head reproduces a Kifwebe mask. Impaired base. Erosions at the top. Skate mate rather clear.
Eparated in the Kasai Basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The traditions Kuba were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye to the southwest. Their fetishes are ...


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Ngbaka figure
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Firmly established on wide feet, this female figure places the tips of her fingers on a bulbous abdomen. The triangular face, where large heart-shaped globes are housed, has scarifications represented by notches and concentric holes. An unusual singularity lies in the detail of a cord crossing the jaw. This statuette was probably used in fertility or therapeutic rites.
Patina consisting of grainy ocher deposits. Erosions and cracks.

br>Agriculturists, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, in the far north-west of the Congo. Their artistic creations, which are very diverse but include few masks, were inspired by those of neighboring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called "gaza" and ...


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Zande Nazeze figure fetish
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A bust in capsule, punctuated with a cowrie, established on two legs, the whole surmounted by a voluminous head, blind, where the size of the ear pavilions calls out... the whole is articulated with creativity for this statuette of the Mani-Yanda cult. Satin patina. Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the D.R.C.(Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs upon his death. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the early 20th century, the Mani, exalting the importance of women. Their ...


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Statuette fetish Yanda Zandé, Azande
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African art counts two types of Azande statues: The statues Kudu , with a height of between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors, and statues Yanda 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani .
Structure stylized, geometric, for this Yanda figure devoid of arms, carried by legs apart, semi-restended. Encrusted curies, a nasal ridge hatched with scarifications, wide earrings, make up a female face.
Patine clear mate.br-Formerly known as " Niam-Niam " because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name 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 ...

Statue Songye
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African art and fetishes nkisi
This fetish statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) does not seem to have passed into the hands of the fetishist, the umbilical, hollowed out in cup, not having a magic charge. Other elements strengthening its "power ", and associated with rituals, such as horn, necklaces, insertion or metal veneer, being also absent. 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, the mouth cracks raised in rictus, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Dark brown patina with blackish residual inlays, satin touch. Desication cracks.

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Songye fetish
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Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) at the top of which a horn has been inserted by the point. The power of the fetish, according to the beliefs of the Songye, would be reinforced by the presence of its accessories, metal and, or, various additions of materials, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Beautiful abraded light brown patina.< br /> These protective 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 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 ...


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