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Motherhood is a recurring theme in African art. The symbolism is always the same, that the child is carried on the back, in the arms, that it takes the breast, that it rests on the knees, it is hieratic. Motherhood is not the affective expression between the child and his mother, but it is a sign of fertility and reveals an inexhaustible source of meanings ranging from the family nucleus to politics and religion.


Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Phemba
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Ex-collection Swiss African art.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom, from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious laughs through carved fetishes nkondo nkisi.
This figure of woman, wearing a dignitary's headdress, symbol of the mythical ancestor presumably associated with fertility cults, surrounds himself with a group of miniatures represented in various positions. The two figures on his shoulders feature an abdominal cavity in which a magical charge, bilongo, or relics have been introduced. The woman is seated on a seat supported by caryatids, which a janiform dog, koso , mediator between the living and the dead, also supports. Diamond scarifications cover the character's back. These cuts, made using ...

Maternity Kongo Yombe Pfemba
African art > African Maternity > Statue Phemba

Sculpture Kongo realistic type, named Phemba or Pfemba, she embodies the ancestor of the clan, female figure mediator. Children would embody the matrilineal transmission of power. Scarifications dot his bust. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, the gaze evokes the ability of the ancestor to discern occult things. Smooth black skate with grenats.br/>Clan reflections of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown.
Shach the Kongo, nganga was in charge of the rituals by ...


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Statuette Pfemba Congo Yombe
African art > African fetish > Statuette Pfemba

A sculpted miniature of the Kongo , this female effigy embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child within embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, the eyes seem exorbitant, underlining the ancestor's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. They were, however, a frequent form of the pattern carved at the top of the heads' canes. Dark brown patina, ochre residue. Fissures.br /Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in ...


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Maternity figure Afo Okeshi
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African art > African Maternity > Statue Afo

Maternities afo have the particularity of having a flat chest evoking a sagging, on which are engraved scarifications in braces. Unusual representation of the two children: one is breastfed, the second on the back of the effigy is an older child. He wears a hairstyle similar to that of the mother, whose face also bears scarred patterns in checkerboards. Light brown orange patina. Many abrasions and erosions, lacks.


As unlike other solidly built afo maternity units, this room is thin and elongated. Long, arched arms hold a container at the top of the head while a child is grabbed on the back and has the same scarifications as his mother.

Afo are found north of the Bené and Niger rivers in Nigeria and are related to Idoma. Their statues okeshi, reserved for ...

Statuette maternity Yombe Pfemba
African art > African Statues > Statuette Pfemba

Tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this miniature sculpture depicting a motherhood seated in a tailor embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure. The child on his lap embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, while the gaze emphasizes the ancestor's ability to discern occult things.
Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity.
Shach the Kongo, nganga was in 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 "sacréu-0022 or "divin". The most influential category of the "minkisi kongo" consisted of ...


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Maternity Nkpasopi Akye, Attié
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African art > African Statues > Statue Attié

Sculpted dan sun dense wood and decorated according to aesthetic criteria to capture the spirit to which the medium or healer addresses, this motherhood coated in white clay, presenting the curved morphology of the statues Nkpasopi , has a sumptuous hairstyle organized in buns. It keeps the plump legs of a child clinging to her back. This type of statues were evaluated on the effectiveness of the rites depicting them. In most cases, these statues served as a mediator between the healers and the spirits that seized them, and they are still used today. Slight desication cracks.
The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire mainly include the Attié, Akyé, the Ebrié and the Abouré. Their sculptures offer many similarities. These kingdoms had the first commercial establishments ...

Female figure Nkpasopi Akye or Abe
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African art > African Statues > Statue Nkpasopi

Sculpted and decorated according to aesthetic criteria allowing u-0022capter" the spirit to which the medium or healer addresses, this motherhood with an ovoid face, the curved morphology of the statues Nkpasopi , has a sumptuous hairstyle organized in buns and long braid. This type of statues were evaluated on the basis of the effectiveness of the rituals depicting them. In most cases, these statues served as a mediator between the healers and the spirits that took hold of them, and they are still used today. The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire include mainly Attié, Akyé, Ebrié and Abouré. Their sculptures offer many similarities. These kingdoms had the first commercial establishments offering gold, ivory, slaves and pepper to the West.Among the group of Akan , the Aattié ...

Maternity Waka sona Baule
African art > African Maternity > Statue Baoulé

Represented seated, this sculpture carved from a particularly dense wood, forms an idealized figuration of motherhood and fertility. Featuring the refined baoulé headdress arranged in a topless bun and a mat-finishing shell in the neck, it also sports traditional keloids.
Dark Mepatine speckled with a light ritual coating. A section of the seat is missing.
The Waka-Sona statue being of wood in baoulé, evoke a assed oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia .

A sixty ...


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Yoruba Polychrome Maternity
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African art > African Maternity > Yoruba Polychrome Maternity

This female tribal altar art sculpture features a well-preserved polychromy. She is depicted sitting in a seat on a circular base. Facilitating communication with the sacred, it reminds the deity of its duties to men. Through the child she holds on her lap, she symbolizes the protection of her people and fertility. Wearing a high crest, she also wears the three deep keloids of the Yoruba nobles on each of the cheeks. The globular eyes, fleshy lips, are also distinctive markers of Yoruba tribal statuary. Her attire, necklace and bracelets, reflect her social rank.
Sensitable, a matte, grainy patina covers the wood, which is desiccized due to cracking.
The Yoruba engaged in the slave trade with the Europeans and in particular the Portuguese before being completely subsermissed ...

Maternity Baule Waka sona
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African art > African Maternity > Statue Baoule

br-Probably the embodiment of a female goddess, this figure depicted sitting in a royal seat presents a child with his arms outstretched. Traditional keloid scars are carefully chiseled, jewelry indicates its status and braids collected in shells form a refined hairstyle. In front of the effigy, a container with decorative motifs engraved with contours and the hemmed edges of a textile pad sewn with cured, contained kaolin or other ointment for ritual use. These statues were kept on the altar olyo where sacrifices were made to the spirits. Crack restored on the base. Ocre grainy patina.

Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, be wooden in baoulé, evoke a silish oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of ...


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Maternity figure Asye usu Baule
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African art > African Maternity > Statue Baule

For the Baoule, seeing a woman's genitals can be fatal for a man. The depiction of a female figure, naked, unclothed by a loincloth of cloth, forms a threat. She is probably the embodiment of a female goddess. Represented seated, featuring a child, the woman wears traditional keloid scars, glass beaded necklaces and a hairstyle whose chiseled braids on the wood form large shells. Brilliant dark brown patina. Lack of base.

Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, be wooden in baoulé, evoke a silish oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the ...


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Koulango Maternity
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African art > African Maternity > Statue Koulango

Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in the Voltaic territory. The chiefs Dagomba of the Kingdom of Bouna would then have called them " Koulam " (singular: koulango , subject, vassal). Their complex history has spawned a culture no less complex. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the north-east of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. An imist fetishistic religion, they address their ancestors and the spirits of nature through sculptures in which the soul of these spirits are supposed to reside.
Female fertility figure depicted sitting on a royal stool, it features a ringed neck and a colorful, vase-shaped crest with coloured scales. An infant heads her breast. Blue and red pigments reveal certain traits.


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Senoufo Maternity Figure
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The Senoufo have produced a wide variety of African tribal art objects related to the Poro's initiation society: mask-heaumes, face masks, crests, peststatues, or statues depicting the mythical Mother Ka Tyéko.This female tribal statue features a symbolic gesture, sitting, a child with a breast. Scarifications in "moustaches of cat" are present at the cracks of the mouth, linear and parallel on the body. Her hairstyle evokes the mythical bird linked to cosmogony, evoked during the initiation of young people. Sculpture with a satin black patina.
Senoufo villages are made up of clusters of dwellings called katiolo . Each has its own association Poro whose members move up the initiation ladder throughout their lives. Members gather in a ...


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Pfemba Kongo Maternity Box
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Tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this female effigy seated in a suit, supporting an anthropomorphic pattern box, embodies a mediating figure that constitutes the ancestor of the clan, evidenced by the scarifications of the orange. The child on his lap embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals teeth traditionally lined, the eyes are whitened, underlining the ability of the ancestor to discern occult things. Desication cracks.
br /Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity.
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Dan Mask /Guéré
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One of the variations of African masks dan here is a concave area between the forehead and eyes, half-closed stretched eyelids, and a diamond mouth revealing high incised teeth. Its particularity consists of tubular growths on the cheekbones evoking krou masks, as well as a beard composed of white pearl necklaces and bells sewn on a fringed cloth. The crusty matte patina has polychrome highlights. It was as a result of dreams in which the spirits manifested themselves that the masks were carved according to precise indications so that they could be honored through their appearances. The Dan also sculpt, always according to the instructions of the soothsayer, miniature masks on the model of large masks. They are worn in amulets by children. Dan ...


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Fertility statuette Lwena
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African art > African Statues > Luena Maternity

Female figure associated with the mythical female ancestor, and which would intervene on human fertility and land fertility. The face forms a miniature replica of the powerful mask mukishi wa pwo nyi cijingo ca tangwa wearing the kambu ja tota. Chokwe and Their Bantu Neighbours Rodrigues de Areia.) golden clear patine. Shard on the mouth.
bred in Lunda, 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 ...

Maternity figure Bambara Nyeleni
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African art > African Statues > Statue Bamana

Sculpture named 'little favourite', Nyeleni in Bambara, depicted carrying her child on the back, with a narrow concave bust gently rounding towards a bulging abdomen and a prominent buttocks surmounting his piled legs. The face is covered with a streaked crest. The sculpture offers an oiled black and grey patina, mahogany reflections on the face. Desication cracks.
The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creative god generically called Ngala and who maintains the order of the universe. Its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who has given all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth. Large masked festivals close the initiation rites of the ...

Kongo Phemba Maternity
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A subgroup of the Kongo , the Yombe, based on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola, are characterized by a statuary in which various figures of motherhood abound: round headdresses or pointed, mouth open on slender teeth, sometimes glazed gaze in which the pupils are clearly visible, characters kneeling, standing, sitting. Relief scarifications adorn the bust of the effigies, such as the bust of this Phemba statue. These cuts, made using needles, knives and razors, were then sprayed with coal or ash to accelerate healing. The mother sits in a suit on a circular base, an infant on her lap. The distinctive elements of the Kongo are the cheffal cap "mpu", the wearing of bracelets and a band compressing the chest. This mediating object was used ...


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Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Pfemba
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African art > African Maternity > Pfemba Maternity

Figurative tribal sculpture of the Kongo , this female effigy embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child within embodies the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamonds in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally lined teeth, the eyes seem exorbitant, underlining the ancestor's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. Black patina, few cracks.
Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity. The use of this type of sculpture remains ...


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Mangbetu Maternity
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The geometric lines inscribed on the face and body of this motherhood are the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients name beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli.
The Mangbetu Kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural ...


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Maternity figure Kongo Pfemba
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African ritual objects have various appearances, such as this tribal sculpture of the Kongo , where a female effigy is about to breastfeed her child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, as evidenced by the angular scarifications of the bust. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, of this type of pattern of orange motifs in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth exhibits traditionally lined teeth, while the glazed gaze emphasizes the ancestor's ability to perceive the afterlife, to discern hidden things. This type of statuette also adorned the top of the prestige canes, mwala . Satin patina with warm reflections. Cracks.
Appding the Kongo group, the Yombe established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west ...


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