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Motherhood is a recurring theme in African art. The symbolism is always the same, whether the child is carried on the back, in the arms, breastfeeding or resting on the knees, it is hieratic. Motherhood is not the emotional 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 through religion.


Idoma statue
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Altar figure belonging to a widespread cult among the animist Idoma as well as among the Igala and the Yoruba of the South, supposed to promote fertility and protect offspring. These statues which benefited from offerings were preserved in sanctuaries. The bust bears the motifs associated with traditional tribal scarifications and tattoos.
Matte grainy polychromy.
The Idoma live at the confluence of the Bénué and the Niger. Numbering 500,000, they are farmers and traders. There are Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences in their art and customs and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Royal lineage members of their oglinye society, glorifying courage, wear masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues ...


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Yoruba statue
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This sculpture of African tribal art was destined to sit on an altar. Facilitating communication with the sacred, it symbolically reminds the divinity of its duties towards men. Wearing a braided bun, she sports the keloids of Yoruba nobles, distinctive markers of Yoruba tribal statuary. Smooth gray brown patina. Desication cracks.
The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu arose following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba . The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, still active, who venerate their gods, the Orisa, through ceremonies call for masks, statuettes, scepters and divination supports.

The main Yoruba cults are the Gélédé, Epa, Ogboni cults, and the Esu cult, through which a ...


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Kongo Maternity
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Symbol of the mythical ancestor likely associated with fertility cults, this figure of a woman wearing a dignitary's headdress is surrounded by various subjects. Diamond scarifications cover the character's back. These cuts, made with needles, knives and razors, were then coated with charcoal or ashes to accelerate healing and form salient patterns. Desication cracks. Two-tone satin patina.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of ...


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Fipa statue
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African motherhood depicting a character carrying a child. The eyes are encrusted with pearls while large ears frame a neutral countenance. Rough patina, residual ocher encrustations.
This piece of tribal art comes from the northeastern region of Tanzania, bordering Kenya, facing the Indian Ocean, where the Paré, Shamba, Zigua, and Mbugu tribes live. A relative homogeneity characterizes the productions of these groups, recalling some of the Madagascans and Bataks with whom, via maritime trade, contact could once have been established. This sculpture was probably used for didactic purposes during male initiations. She could also embody an ancestor or a spirit. Lit. : "Black African Tribal Art" J.B. Bacquart.


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Kongo figure
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Among the regalia of the chiefs, this type of African Kongo maternity embodies, according to the scarifications of the bust, the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure. The child would embody the matrilineal transmission of power.
The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with lozenges related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals filed teeth, the gaze indicates the grandmother's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. They frequently formed the carved pattern at the top of chiefs' canes. Satin patina. Cracks, erosions.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes ...


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Statue Koulango
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Seated female figure breastfeeding her child. The ringed neck, embellished with numerous necklaces, supports a haughty head, wearing a pointed bun, witness to his rank. Beaded belts also emphasize the subject's waist and ankles. The seat is of the royal Ashanti type. Black patina, indigenous restorations, small accidents, losses (base).
Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango, Kulango, formed the Loron in the Voltaic territory. The Dagomba chiefs of the kingdom of Bouna would then have referred to them as "Koulam" (singular: koulango, subject, vassal). Their complex history has spawned an equally complex culture. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the northeast of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. Of an animist fetishist religion, they address their ...


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Dogon statue
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Dogon altar hermaphrodite figure, represented frontally, a cup on the head and the hands joined at the level of the lower abdomen. A female miniature appears in relief on the woman's back. Interesting greyish patina, locally encrusted with grainy deposits. Desication cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, the Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults: the Lébé, relating to fertility, under the spiritual authority of the Hogon, the Wagem, ancestor worship under the authority of the patriarch, the Binou invoking the spirit world and led by the priest of the Binou, and the society of masks concerning ...


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Baule statue
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Ex-collection of French African tribal art.
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 ...


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Baule statue
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A communication tool with the spiritual world or blolo supposed to promote fertility, this sculpture offers the canons of Baoulé beauty, braided hairstyle collected in shells, scarified motifs in relief, round projecting calves.
Burgundy brown satin patina.
These figures received offerings and oily libations. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke a assié oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues intended to be used as medium tools by Komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from beyond. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia.
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Nyamezi statue
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Anthropomorphic sculpture coated with a glossy brown patina. Crack and abrasions.
The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are established in the center west and the central region of Tanzania. The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, ("people of the west" and sometimes "people of the moon") form the largest group among the tribes living in north central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, marked their statuary.


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Yoruba Polychrome Maternity
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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 ...

Kongo figure
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African statuette carved from the Kongo, this female effigy embodies the clan ancestor, a mediating figure.
The child would embody the matrilineal transmission of power.
The mouth is gaping, the eyes seem exorbitant, underlining the capacity of the ancestress to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. However, they frequently formed the motif carved at the top of the chiefs' canes. Dark brown lustrous patina. Abrasions.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the southwestern Republic of the Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. Among the Kongo , the nganga took charge of rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The ...


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Kongo figure
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Kongo statuette embodying the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, as evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child would symbolize the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with lozenges related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally filed teeth, the eyes highlight the grandmother's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. However, they frequently formed the carved pattern at the top of chiefs' canes. Shiny mahogany patina. Slight cracks mainly on the base. A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable ...


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Yombe figure
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Kongo tribal sculpture depicted seated cross-legged. This female figure embodies the mediating ancestor of the clan, as evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child symbolizes the matrilineal transmission of power. The mouth reveals traditionally filed teeth, the eyes are frequently glazed, emphasizing the grandmother's ability to discern occult things. Satin patina, grainy areas.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities.
The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with lozenges related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity.


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Kongo figure
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Realistic Kongo type sculpture named Phemba or Pfemba. This is the ancestor of the clan, a mediating female figure. The infant would embody the matrilineal transmission of power. Scarifications dot the back of the mother. The Yombe indeed adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamonds related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The glazed look symbolizes clairvoyance. Smooth black patina with garnet reflections. Erosions.

Clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown.
Sources: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum; "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren; "The ...


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Luguru statue
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African sculpture from the area around Dar-es-Salam, on the coast of Tanzania, where the Kaguru, Luguru, Kwéré, Zaramo and Doé tribes live. Carved in dense wood, this figure depicts a female figure carrying a child in her arms. The realistic features are slightly asymmetrical, the pupils deeply sunken, and the caps are pushed back. The protruding, disproportionate ears are cut obliquely. One arm of the child is missing. Matte patina of use, grainy residual encrustations, drippings from libations. Desication cracks.


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Statue of Congo
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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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Senufo statuette
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This statuette of maternity, a female effigy seated on a stool, breastfeeding her child, is represented with braids assembled in a stylized pattern. This sculpted scene generally symbolizes the initiate feeding on the knowledge of the mother goddess. Irregular blackish patina, satin, erosions.
The Senufos , a name given to them by the French colonists, are mostly composed of farmers who are scattered between Mali, the Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo .
At the time of the death of one of the members of the Poro initiation society, statues named pombibele were exhibited. Although exclusively male, the Poro ...


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Baoule statue
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Property of the diviner komienfoué , often involved in divinatory practices of Mbra , this female effigy evoking a seated oussou , a "genius of nature" , linked to fertility, is shown standing, her child on the back. A headdress arranged in multiple shells, checkerboard scarifications, pearl adornments, and the vigor of calves adapted to agricultural work, are part of the features of Baoulé statuary.
Desiccation cracks. Polychrome patina, locally abraded.
Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: The statues Waka-Sona , "being of wood" in baoulé, evoke a seated oussou , being of the Earth. They are part of a type of statues intended for use as a medium tool by the Komian diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits ...


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Mangbetu statue
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The linear motifs running through this statuette refer to the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies and which evolved according to circumstances. Among the Mangbetu from an early age, children of the upper classes also suffered compression of the cranial box, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on wicker strands and a headband encircled the forehead in order to bring out the hair and constitute this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients call beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli.

Orange-brown patina, cracks and losses.
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Dogon statue
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Carried on the head during the funeral of women, this type of statues could be seen by the public. Apart from the ceremonies, they remained under the care of the dean of women. Characterized by its slender forms, breastfeeding her child in a seated position, this figure evokes the female ancestor and is invoked for the purpose of fertility. Libations have left this piece with a dull dark patina, abraded in places. Desication cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little known. Alongside Islam, Dogon religious rites are organized around four main cults. According to Dogon ...


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