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African art - African Maternity:

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 Baule Waka sona
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
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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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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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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African art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

Senoufo African art and maternity wards
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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African art > African Maternity > Kongo Box

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
African art > African Maternity > Masque Dan

Ex-French African art collection.
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
African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

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
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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African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

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
African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

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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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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Dogon Maternity Figure
African art > African Statues > Dogon Maternity

This sculpture of African dogon art, carved from dense wood, personifies a female ancestor. She sits on a stool, a child on her lap. The necklace of amulets, or korte, which she wears around her neck and which contains verses from the Qur'an, testifies to the influence of Islam in the region. Beautiful matte patina. Grainy, abraded surface. Desication cracks. Acquired after 1950 by the owner in a German gallery.

These statues, sometimes embodying the nyama of the deceased, are placed on the altars of ancestors and participate in various rituals including those of the seed and harvest periods. Parallel to Islam, the dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lebe, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, cult of ...


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Dan Maternity Figure
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African art > African Statues > Dan Maternity

This work collected in Guinea Conakry presents a young woman carrying her child on the back. The braided hair gathered in three thick back-to-back shells, the rings to the ears, the body scarifications, the mouth to the protruding lips, are among the aesthetic constants of the statuary of the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire and those established in Nimba County in Liberia, adjacent to the Guinean border. The character is established frontally, legs spread on massive feet, his nudity is asked by a red textile sex cover. Ritual ingredients with a protective vocation form a cluster between the breasts, around a central cauri. Clay residues also remain clumped in crust around the child's figure.
Dark mate patina, abraded, misses on one foot.
Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and ...


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Motherhood figure Chokwe / Lwena
African art > African Statues > Statue Chokwe

Statue associated with therapeutic cult type Hamba , this sculpture Chokwe or Lwena embodies a female ancestor supposed to guarantee fertility or healing. These figures were arranged around the altar muyombo, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures such as figures made in 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. (Source: Chokwe, B. Wastiau)The character who also depicts the second wife of legendary chef Chibinda Ilunga sports a bulging hairstyle like a helmet and metal adornments. Smooth patina with matte granular pigments. Abrasions of the character's fingers. Xylophage ...


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Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Phemba
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African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

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 ...

Yoruba Altar Figure
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African art > African Statues > Yoruba Maternity

This figure of motherhood, symbolizing a mother of twins and the embodiment of an orisa, mother of the living, personifies the goddess of the Earth, guarantor of the abundance of resources, fertility and prosperous health. A ritual statue to be placed on an altar, it was revered by members of the powerful Ogboni Society, or Osugbo, in charge of justice. Different twin figures, in an amazing variety of postures, surround the main breastfeeding subject. The latter features a back covered with geometric patterns referring to traditional scarifications and tattoos, and a braided hairstyle in which complementary miniatures are placed.
Granuous polychrome patina.
Yoruba live in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born in the 15th century following the demise ...


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Maternity figure Phemba Kongo
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African art > African Statues > Statue Phemba

Naturalism of the phemba in African art Kongo
The rituals of fertility and progeny, central themes of African cultures, are addressed through this motherhood. Sitting in a suit, she has a child on her lap. This realistic tribal sculpture is kneeling on a quadrangular base. On her chest and in the back she sports geometric scarifications. These cuts, made using needles, knives and razors, were then sprayed with charcoal or ash to accelerate healing and form protruding patterns Ingrained in ritual libations alternating with a patina. mahogany brown satin. Large desication crack.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came ...

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Senoufo du Poro maternity statue
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African art > African Statues > Senufo Maternity

This maternity figure whose characteristics refer to the Senoufo of northern Côte d'Ivoire would embody the mother goddess or Katyeleo . She is represented here in the company of two effigies of twins, considered a blessing of the gods among the Senoufo.These children also symbolize the initiates of the Poro and the people dependent on divine graces. Locally abraded medium brown smooth skate. Indigenous restorations using metal staples.
The Senoufo, a name given to them by French settlers, are mostly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo . Each of them has its own ...


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