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The achievements of African tribal art fascinated many European artists and collectors in the 20th century. From André Breton to Picasso, all were seized with a buying fever that quickly spread in the middle. If these sculptures are more of an artistic dimension for Westerners, it is nevertheless through their ritual sacralisation that they reveal themselves for the African peoples. Their ceremonial role confers on them a unique power that distinguishes them from other forms of ethnic art. These works were acquired (sold or offered by natives) throughout the twentieth century by ethnologists on mission or colonial cooperatives to be exhibited in museums, or integrated into prestigious private collections. This is the story of these pieces that we propose to discover through our gallery and our website.

Senoufo Kpéliyée Mask
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African art > African mask > Senoufo Mask

The zoomorphic African masks of the Senufo are worn by members of the Poro Society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honor the elders or to appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly drive the spirit of the deceased out of his place of residence. At the top of this Kpélié mask meaning "masque that jumps " are three zoomorphic forms associated with the cameleon. Similar figures, in miniature, form the fins that appear on each side of the twin faces that can symbolize, according to the Senoufo, the primordial couple at the origin of the creation by emphasizing the complementarity between men and women. A decorative border consisting of double coloured pearl necklaces and raffia braiding attaches the canvas to the contours of the ...


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Salampasu Mask
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African art > African mask > Salampasu Mask

The bulbous forehead of this African mask houses large hollowed-out rectangles. A narrow mouth inscribed in a diamond is adorned with incisions showing the teeth. He wears a headdress made up of basket caps and feathers.
Masque of ceremonies related to the society of warriors and initiation rites, it was also exhibited at funerals, in connection with the previous initiations of the deceased, and for remuneration in many cases. The power of some masks is also so feared that their name alone can cause women and children to flee. Red ochre pigment residue. Restoration on one of the contours. Eroded wood. Living on hunting and agriculture, 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 ...


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Statue Chokwe Luena, Lwena
African art > African Statues > Statuette Chokwe

This statuette Chokwe or Lwena, associated with the therapeutic cult of the type Hamba , embodies a female ancestor, perhaps the second wife of the mythical leader Chibinda Ilunga, supposed to guarantee fertility or healing. Her mature woman's body bears scarifications testifying to different stages of initiation. Her necklace is made up of beads of glasses, buttons, cauris and osselet. Ritual coatings, clear, remain encrusted on the surface. These figures were arranged around the altar muyombo , a tree at whose feet sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures made of sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji), planted in the ground, were also associated. The related ethnic groups had the same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded. ...


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Okwa Idoma Mask
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African art > African mask > Idoma Mask

This mask with a crusty white patina offers a more sober monochrome version than the traditional Okua Idoma mask where the face is covered with checkered scarifications. The wide toothed mouth, responding to this work to the drawing of the eyes, is however a stylistic constant. Crack, contour erosion.
The Idoma live at the confluence of Bené and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs have influences from Igbo, the Cross River and Igala, and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Members of their societyo-scoliny, glorifying courage, use masks and cimiers during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform cimiers are usually exhibited at the funerals of ...


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Lele / Ngeendé hem mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

Sharing with the sophisticated Moshambwooy mask of the Kuba the same voluminous canvas trim on which were attached cauris and thousands of beads, this mask offers a flat wooden face with a half-closed look whose palpebral slits have been hollowed out. This type of mask was used at annual foundation ceremonies. The white color refers to mourning, while blue is associated with royalty.
The Lel, neighbours of the Tschokwe and Pende, live to the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoongs of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their company, led by a king u-0022 nymi ", comprises three classes, that of the Tundu or warlords, the Batshwa (", those who reject the Tundu" authority) and the Wongo ...


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Plateau de divination Yoruba
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African art > Usual african items > Plateau Yoruba

Supports of the ritualist named babalawo (or Babalao, or Babaal-wo, pronounced Baba-a-l'wo), priest of Ifa, in the Yoruba language, these trays exist in three forms, including the circular ( opon ribiti) such as this copy. They are intended for ifa, a system of divination that represents the teachings of the orisha Orunmila, orisha of Wisdom. The babalawo claim to be securing the future through their communication with Orunmila. In Yoruba thought in Nigeria, orishas form a variety of divine spirits controlling natural forces. They are found mainly in Yoruba cosmogony but more widely in East West Africa in the diasporas of Central and South America. The center of the tray, aarin opon , forms a picture in which the dust of wood allows the soothsayer to trace the solutions to his client's ...

Fetish Mambila
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African art > African fetish > Fetish Mambila

An ovoid head with exorbitant eyes engulfed in a stocky bust, hands gathered in front of the bust. This African sculpture featuring a small chubby figure, who does not obey the traditional canons, was however collected in Cameroon in 1984. Straw obstructs the dorsal cavity into which therapeutic or magical ingredients were probably introduced. Made of wood, a thick, crusty, cracked patina covers it completely.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , in fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, on both sides of the border of Cameroon and Nigeria, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in ...


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Appuie-nuque Luba Shankadi
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African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The feminine effigy symbolizing Luba royalty, carefully carved, is endowed with a cascading shankadi-style hairstyle. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Reddish-brown satin patina. Erosions.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Masque Komo, Kumu Nsembu
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African art > African mask > Komo Mask

Primitivism in The African Art Komo
Ancient African Mask of Circumcision, from Ituria. A losangic embossed mark reminiscent of the tribal keloid scar is drawn on the forehead of our African Komo mask. This shape renews itself on the chin. On either side, two eyes highlighted in white are summarily hollowed out in almond. The gap of the mouth reveals a cut-out evoking a dentition. The edge is lined with perforations in order to be able to attach the raffia fibers forming collar concealing the dancer, absent on this specimen. Circular patterns were manually applied to the surface of the object. Pigment salities, erosions.
The Kumu live mainly in the North-East and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely ...


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Sceptre Zombo/ Nkanu
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African art > African Statues > Sceptre Nkanu

Among the Yaka, Eastern Kongo, Nkanu and Zombo, the sound of the drum covered the moans of circumcision, drove out malevolent spirits, and encouraged future initiates. This scepter is sculpted from a tambourine figure, the eyes are surrounded by deep orbits and the nose slightly upturned. Break can't be seen on one leg. Glossy patina, red ochre residue.
High on a base: 35 cm.
Voisins of the Yaka and Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their soothsayers use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, but the ceremonies associated with the initiation rites stem from Yaka traditions. Fetish sculptures are used by ngangas to protect against evil, heal or cause luck, wealth and fertility. Their art is very similar to that ...


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Hunting trump Mangbetu/ Nzakara anthropomorphic
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Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Mangbetu's African art offers a wide variety of everyday objects, instruments and adornments. However, many of the objects attributed to them are from the Nzakara whose prestigious sculptures are stylistically comparable.
Among the aerophones, originally carved from antelope horns or in the ivory of elephant trunks, this type of lateral-mouthed tube was used to produce coded sounds for the purpose of communication within the group, in a context of hunting, rituals around hunting, or to make music supposed to please ancestral spirits during funeral ceremonies. The object refers to the ancestors by its iconography, identifiable by the headdress of the character, the aesthetic canon of the mangbetu aristocracy. From an early age, children's ...


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Dogon couple figures
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African art > African Statues > Statues Dogon

Ex.belgian African art collectionr-These mythical protective figures no doubt evoke the primordial couple, associated with the Nommos , at the origin of the dogon creation. Ovoid heads whose nasal ridge joins the crest rest on discoid chin straps. The volume of the body sculpted into a block is presented in sharp, stylized planes, arms attached to the bust, an umbilical protrusion affirming lineage, and semi-flexed legs seeming to sink into a circular base. Dry crusty skate. Cracks in desications. Mostly custom-carved by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Parallel to Islam, dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, ...


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Baule / Yaure Lomane Mask
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African art > African mask > Yohouré Mask

A subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the Yaouré have produced a sculptural art influenced by the neighbouring Baoulé and Gouros ethnic groups, and vice versa. This African mask belonging to the je society is topped by a group of birds. A tripartite hair adorned with diamonds dug into the wood highlights a bulging forehead, and a collar decorated with triangular patterns highlights the face. Fine scarifications "ngole" mark the temples. Satin brown patina. This copy, which could be attributed to the group of Anoman , Lomane, (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I originally danced around the deceased and leaned to the point of touching him for a purifying purpose. He also appears at the moment in the course of rejoicing. . African art masks Yaouré ...


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Dan Maternity Fetish
African art > African fetish > Dan Fetish

Evoking strength, this small female figure of naturalistic conception, presents a body on which the musculature is drawn. Established firmly on large digital feet, it adopts the characteristics of the dan sculpture. The child on her back is coated with crusty residues indicating libations associated with a fertility cult. The necklace accessorized with a cauri also has a magical reach. Dark mate patina.
As gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was granted during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, invisible spiritual power, with men. Statuary, rare, played a prestigious role with its holder. These are mainly effigies of wives, la m , wooden human beings. These are not incarnations of ...


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Statue Dogon Bombou-toro
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African art > African Statues > Statue Dogon

The sculpted figure depicted kneeling, opposite, forms an illustration of the hermaphrodite statuary from the central part of the cliff of Bandiagara, bombou-toro. It is part of an important collection of dogon objects. This statue is distinguished by the flat headdress with an open base, long graceful limbs, a bulbous abdomen marked with umbilical protrusion, shoulders cut in a semicircle. Bracelets are engraved on the arms, and dented patterns are chiseled on the bust. Greyish and grainy matte patina, dry, encrusted deposits, good general condition.
Sculpted mostly by a family, Dogon statues can also be worshipped by the entire community when they commemorate, for example, the founding of the village. Their functions, however, remain little known. Parallel to Islam, the Dogon ...


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Dan / Krou loom pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Etrier Baule

Everyday aesthetics for African art in Côte d'Ivoire.
In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits.
The cotton weaving technique has spread to West Africa thanks to the displacements of the Dioulas. ...


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Small Yohoure / Yaouré mask
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African art > African mask > Yaoure Mask

The art of Côte d'Ivoire and the elegance of its sculpted masks
Reflet of the refinement of traditional sculpture of Côte d'Ivoire, this modest-sized mask, with regular features and horns, is decorated with metal sheets contrasting with the dark patina.
The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, the art of the Yaouré was influenced by these neighbouring ethnic groups, and vice versa. African art masks Yaouré , or Yauré , whose Baoulé have almost similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the je , sometimes with the addition of coloured pigments, and the lo, usually with a dark patina, who intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order ...


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Mask Mbuya Pende Fumu
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African art > African mask > Pendé Mask

This African introductory mask, Mbuya , emanates from the Western Pende whose influence Yaka is notable for the slightly upturned nose, the line of eyebrows emanating from the neighboring Chokwe. Easily identifiable by its hairstyle consisting of four horns whose movements accompanied the jerky dance, this mask expresses the masculine and feminine qualities of the chef. This mask is stylistically very close to the Pumbu , but with rounder horns and slightly softer features. (Pende, Strother) The mask Pumbu embodies, to protect himself from the vengeance of his prey, the spirit of a big game hunter, and the executor who willingly shed human blood, Ngunza. For the Central Pende its Pundu mask is besides very different in its formal appearance. This African mask Pendé Fumu sports a chin ...


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Nsindi Songola Mask
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African art > African mask > Songola Mask

Extreme simplification for a powerful impact: this Songola mask composed of flat faces has an inverted triangle front whose edge extends from a slightly curved angle. The latter indicates a nose joining the oblique lying base, the hollowed-out center of which evokes a mouth or even a snout. Reduced to the essentials, the circular openings of the eyes are simply dug into this mask coated with a thick layer of kaolin. Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are swallowed by the elders of the bloodlions. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live hunting and fishing, they engage in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of Bwami come from the Lega. ...


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Couple of statues Deblé Senoufo
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African art > African Statues > Statues Debele

These figurative tribal statues named in the secret language of the Poro Debele , Deblé ("battes at a rhythm"), sometimes referred to as " child of poro " (Pon pia) or " spirit of the bush " (denge, or madengo). intervened in pairs during funeral processions or in ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the society of the Poro , training the boys from the age of 7, wore them and hammered the ground by the pestle called " sedine " or " dol " according to the dialect, with rhythm, and to the sound of drums , opening and closing the door. The Senoufo of the centre, on the other hand, place them in the middle of the ceremonial circle. Then stored in a pen, sézing, they were supposed to protect these young initiates. These statues were mostly made in imputrescible ...

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Reliquary figure Kota
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African art > African Reliquary > Kota Reliquary

The Kota of the Sebe Valley, located in Gabon but also in Congo, produced this type of sculpture that played the role of "medium" between the living and the dead and continued to watch over their descendants. They are sometimes bifaces, mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect at the same time.
This type of coin was used in the preservation of mortuary remains of high-lineage ancestors in baskets topped with very specific sculptures, which played the role of guardians of the relics named ngulu. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota, these figures have reached a ...


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