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African art - Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam:

Clay jars are closely associated with the daily life of African populations. Made from the material of muddy ponds and rivers, the rather heterogeneous paste allows the production of objects with thick walls such as jars. The jars, often made of wood, are intended to receive offerings, medicinal plants, or divinatory gris-gris.


Carved cup Kuba Lele
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Lele cup

Among the prestigious objects of the Kuba groups, this cephalomorphic cup decorated with geometric motifs has a handle. Shiny patina. Damaged upper contours. Desiccation crack.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the higher ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs including cups, drinking horns and beakers. The Lele are established in the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele have made the attribution of certain objects difficult, as both groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and geometric decorative ...


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Chokwe mortar and pestle
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Tschokwe pot

Cylindrical pot delicately carved with decorative motifs, intended for mixing pigments for therapeutic, cosmetic or ritual use. Lustrous patina inlaid with red ochre, remarkably soft surface. A braided strap links the anthropomorphic pestle to the mortar. The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mixed with the Lunda who taught them hunting. Their social organization also influenced the Tschokwe society. The Tschokwe eventually dominated the Lunda, whose kingdom was dismantled at the end of the 19th century. Elephants in the region were hunted for meat, but also for ivory, which was intended for sale, not for the wide range of prestige items for which they excelled. The Tschokwe were ...


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Kuba cup
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Abundance of decorative carvings in African Kuba art.
The sides of the cup are decorated with a large frieze imbolo consisting of interlaced geometric patterns borrowed from scarification, also repeated on shoowa raffia textiles. Various forms of cups were carved whose ornamentation sought to glorify the qualities of their owners. Satin patina.
The extremely organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed at its center a king or nyim inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This one was considered to be of divine origin. At the same time chief of the kingdom and of the Bushoong chieftaincy, he was attributed supernatural virtues stemming from sorcery or from the ancestors. He was therefore responsible for the survival of his subjects, whether it was through ...


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Kuduo Akan ceremonial pot from Ghana
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Can Kuduo

The Ashanti, Asante , mastered the art of lost wax cast iron, copper metal being sacred and considered inferior to gold, in order to produce ritual and prestige objects, such as the Kuduo brass which were intended, in addition to the storage of gold powder, for domestic and royal cults. Sacrifices and offerings were sometimes attributed to them. The stage on the lid of this kuduo evokes life at the court, musicians surround the king sheltered under the royal parasol kyiné, the latter being associated with the protective tree gyedua . The chief was accompanied by this umbrella in all his travels. The decorative motifs around the perimeter, however, are derived from Islamic traditions. Golden patina with grey-green inlays.

Ashanti are one of Ghana's ethnic groups (formerly Côte ...

Songye Divination Cup
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Songye Fetish

This cup from which sprang the bust of a fetiche nkishi songye was doomed to divinatory use. Various elements, shells, seeds, ossicles, frequently came to join the object. The magic charge bishimba was inserted into the cavity of the skull if the abdomen did not have it. Light brown patina coated with kaolin. Crack, erosion.

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 is inseparable from that of the ...


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Kuba Lele sculpted cut
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Kuba Cup

Among the prestigious objects, this cup with its contours carved with four faces in high relief and engraved with geometric motifs. The faces marked with scarification marks recall the features of the great Kuba royal masks. Matt surface coated with tukula pigments, red ochre.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the higher ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs including cups, drinking horns and beakers. The Lele are established in the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele have made the attribution of certain objects difficult, as both ...


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Bronze Dogon Box
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Dogon

Ex-collection of French African art.

The frequent representations of horsemen in the African art of the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and complex religious myths. One of the Nommos, ancestors of mankind, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended to earth carried by an ark transformed into a horse. The walls are decorated with allegorical decorative motifs, such as friezes of wavelets and leaf patterns. The whole has a golden brown patina.
(Dogon, Huib Blom) The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged to study in depth the rites of this population established in the cliffs region of Bandiagara. The Dogon would be composed of several peoples who had found refuge there following repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then ...


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Chokwe anthropomorphic cup
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Tabatière Tschokwe

Equipped with its pestle, this tobacco mortar accompanied, among other uses, rituals for ajimu spirits requiring the use of smoke. The carved figures evoke female masks mwana pwo associated with fertility and fecundity. Shaded lustrous patina.
. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, the Chokwe eventually took over the capital of the Lunda, which had been weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the dismantling of the kingdom. The Chokwe did not have a centralized power but rather large chiefdoms. It was ...


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Statue figurative cup Gbene Koro
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Koro

Anthropomorphic sculpture composed of a figure of an ancestor in a frontal position whose abdomen forms a container for beer or palm wine during ritual ceremonies. The face, which appears helmeted, is unusual. Coated with a velvety black patina, a break in one arm had to be restored. Erosions. According to some authors, two people drank from it at the same time (Arts du Nigéria, A. Lebas). It was in the northern part of the Nigerian interior that the Koro settled, alongside the Waja, Mama, Hausa, and Dakakari. Mostly known for their masks decorated with red abrus seeds embodying the ancestors, they also use this type of ritual offering cups at funerals , during sacrifices and masked ceremonies.


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Dogon pharmacopoeia box
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Decorated with figures in bas-relief, this African art sculpture, a box with two movable flaps, established on three legs, was probably designed to preserve active medicinal preparations prepared according to the advice of the ancients who had been initiated into the science of trees or " jiridon ". The figures of "nommos", primordial ancestors, and animal symbols are supposed to activate the healing power of the active. Satin brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top ...


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Jarre Boa/Mangbetu
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Boa container

Vase with a neck showing a human head with large ears. Sets of incised motifs decorate the sides, which show female attributes. Brown slip with reddish glints. Abrasions. Related to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa inhabit the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their anthropomorphic figures were undoubtedly used as part of rites charged with combating the witchcraft of the ndoki society. They are known for their mask with oversized ears, perforated like the ear pavilions of the Eastern Boa, the "bavobongo ". It gave an impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. The African art mask kpongadomba of the Boa was ordered by the chief kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in the hut of his wife. Some ...


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Kuba Bushoong Wisdom Basket with a Lid
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Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
Among the regalia symbolizing the status of dignitaries, this basket of wisdom which found its source in the mythology around Woot constitutes one of the insignia of the king nyim and of the highest notables. Inlaid with pearls, cowries, finely chiselled and hammered copper leaves, it illustrates the artistic refinement of the kuba. Small lacks located around the base. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also originating from the Mongo group, are famous for the refinement of prestige objects created for the members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined designs, ...

Luba Kiteya Royal Figurative Cup
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Ex-collection African art Corsica.
Two figures embodying spirits encircle a cylindrical container mboko , which was usually filled with kaolin, the image of purity and the spiritual world. These vessels were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the Buhabo society. The spirits of the ancestors were consulted individually or collectively through specialists. This type of cutting also played a role in the investiture of King Luba. Beautiful satin brown patina, cracks of desiccation.
The Lubas (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people from Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, so the name (Baluba, which means "the ...

Lulua box in caryatide
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Ex-collection French African art.
. In addition to their statuary, the Lulua produced a wide variety of carved objects for ceremonial or utilitarian purposes. This prestigious pot is supported by a squatting female figure. She wears jewelry, a loincloth, and complex scarification on both her neck and face. At the top, a squatting figure is said to ward off disease. The Tschokwe and Luba influences are also notable. Black brown oiled patina and kaolin. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. Salient scarifications are drawn on the forehead of the perosnnage. Grey granular patina with localized erosions revealing a clear wood. It is in the south of the ...


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Ngeende Kuba anthropomorphic cup
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Ex-German African art collection.
. Various forms of palm wine bowls, whose ornamentation sought to glorify the qualities of their owners, were carved for the dignitaries of the Kuba groups. Wine was extracted twice a day from raffia palm trees planted for this purpose, and sold by the cup. Lustrous black-brown patina.
Among the clans kuba , the Ngeende produced an abundance of prestigious sculptures, sometimes intended for neighboring groups. According to tradition, the Ngeende, who are said to be descended from the mythical ancestor Woot, came from north of the Sankuru River. After being defeated by a bushoong king, they joined the Kuba kingdom in the 16th century. They produced a large number of masks associated with the story of the mythical ancestor Woot. The ...


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Dogon Cup
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Vase Dogon

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Carved out of wood, this spherical container for ritual use has a foot to facilitate the grip. Decorative motifs, hatching, friezes and zigzag lines, are engraved around the edges, while other diamond-shaped elements in relief underline the outline of the vase. Some symbols, in wavelets, are associated with the Dogon myths of creation. Collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot, Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.


Matt, granular surface.
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Dogon Caryatids Cup
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Dogon Altar

Private African art collection.
Harvested in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art during study stays in Mali.

Four figures of ancestors or chiefs of lineage, whose feet disappear in a circular tray symbolizing the axis of the world, support a hollowed out cup. The latter is slightly off-center. The hands of the figures rest on their knees, and two of them wear masks. Scabby deposits bear witness to libatory rites. Rough, crusty surface.
Sculpted for the most part on commission by a family, Dogon statues can ...


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Yoruba Medicine Pot
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Pot Yoruba

This pot of remedies, a basket covered with clay coating, closed by an anthropomorphic-patterned lid, was linked to the Ifa cult created by the Oyos of Nigeria and in connection with the egungun and Sango societies.
Used by the priest of Ifa, a sculpture relating to deities or orishas rises above the pot. Cauris, metal, and seed packets exacerbate the potency of the ingredients placed in the container.
Soruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the disappearance of the civilization Ifé and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba. The Oyo created two cults centered ...


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Jar anthropomorphic Zande, Azande
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Pottery Zande

Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
Vase whose neck features a human head with large pierced ears. A double frieze of geometrical patterns is printed on the sides.
Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , came from Chad to settle 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 is transformed upon his death into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", apart from their court art composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues : Kudu statues between 30 and 50 cm high ...


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Dogon Cup bronze
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The emblematic cups of Dogon African art
On this figurative cup for ceremonial use, a female figure is enthroned, kneeling. The cup is supported by horses and human figures with raised arms. The Nommo, a mythical ancestor to whom the figurative motifs also refer, is a water god who taught weaving to humans (M. Buratti). Golden brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The Dogon blacksmiths, forming ...


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Senoufo Calabash
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Senoufo Calabash

Object of daily use collected in Mali by Jacques Anquetil, president of the French Crafts, during his study related to the chapter "calabashes and their uses" (page 114 to 125) for his book "Africa, the hands of the world" "to Solar Editions. This spherical vegetable container has a lid that fits into the body of the case. The different elements composing this African object are sewn with the help of a wire of steel, a cord woven in vegetal fibers constitutes it the transport belt. Destined for the storage of medicinal herbs, seeds, honey or milk. Glossy greased surface. The Senoufo, the name attributed to them by the French settlers, are mostly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Elders' councils, headed by an elected chief, administer ...


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