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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.


Maternity figure Pfemba Kongo
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Kongo Maternity

Tribal sculpture of the Kongo, female effigy seated cross-legged, supporting a child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, as evidenced by the rhombic scarifications on the bust. The Yombe indeed adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with this type of pattern of rhombus motifs in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth shows traditionally filed teeth. This type of figure also adorned the top of prestige canes, mwala . Black satin patina. Belonging to 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 ...


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Yoruba polychrome maternity figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Yoruba

This sculpture of African tribal art was destined to be enthroned on an altar. Facilitating communication with the sacred, it reminds the divinity of its duties towards men. The child she holds on her lap symbolizes protection and fertility. Wearing a high crest, she sports the keloids of the Yoruba nobles. The bulging eyes, fleshy lips, are also distinctive markers of Yoruba tribal statuary. Misses on the base. Scabby patina locally flaked. Desiccation cracks. The Yoruba practiced the slave trade with the Europeans and in particular the Portuguese before being completely subjugated to the British following a long period of infighting between the various kings or oba in power. The main Yoruba cults are the Gélédé , Epa , Ogboni , and the Esu cult, through which a very wide ...


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Koulango maternity figure
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Statue Kulango

A female figure with delicate features, associated with fertility, she has a ringed neck and a bun hairstyle, a sign of her high rank. Seated on a royal Ashanti stool, she is nursing her child. Multiple strings of white beads encircle her hips. Glossy black patina.
br>Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in Voltaic territory. The Dagomba chiefs of the Bouna kingdom would later have referred to them as "Koulam" (singular: koulango , subject, vassal). Their complex history has given rise to a no less complex culture. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the north east of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. With an animist fetish religion, they address their ancestors and the spirits of nature through sculptures in which the souls of ...


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Maternity figure Asye usu Baule
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Baule statue

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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Female figure Kongo Nkisi
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kongo statue

Among the Kongo, the nganga took care of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to designate the notions of "sacred" or "divine". The most influential category of "minkisi kongo" consisted of instruments designed to help regional chiefs enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as soon as a decision was made, each nail evoking a particular case: parties in dispute, divorce, conflicts between communities, etc. The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to resolve the conflict was enforced and that individuals feared the consequences of their behavior. Its appearance thus personified the force residing there. From the second half of the twentieth century, minkisi minkondi were strategically placed along ...


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Ashanti Maternity
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Ashanti Maternity

Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

Seated female representations from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana are usually queens. A particularity of this piece is that this woman is carrying her child in her arms.
This one is removable like the stool. The latter with a curved seat is typical of the akan.
seats. The patina is clear and slightly worn in places.
The features of the face are marked with black color giving a realistic look, breathing life into the large black pupils.

The Akan people are subdivided into several famous subgroups spread near the coast in Ivory Coast and Ghana, having become rich through the trade of precious metals and slaves during contacts with Westerners and in particular the Portuguese who were the ...


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Maternity Baule Blolo bia
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Statue Baoule

Belgian tribal art collection.
The "inverted doubles" in the African art sculptures of Les Baule
A glossy brown-black patina magnifies this sculpture of Ivory Coast showing a seated woman nursing her child. Cracks of desiccation located on the base.
About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baule, in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke a besieged oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being ...


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Maternity figure Pfemba Kongo
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Congo figure

Ex-collection Italian African tribal art.

Tribal sculpture Kongo depicting a woman sitting cross-legged, supporting a child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with diamond patterns related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity, such as those that dot her bust. The mouth shows traditionally filed teeth and the gaze indicates the ancestor's ability to perceive the beyond, to discern hidden things. This type of statuette also adorned the top of the canes of prestige, mwala. Golden brown satin patina. Cracks and abrasions. Belonging to the group Kongo , the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the southwest of the Republic of Congo and Angola. Their statuary includes ...


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Maternity Igbo
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Igbo Statue

br>The facial scarifications ichi indicate that this igbo sculpture depicts a titled woman wearing a horned crest. She is pictured standing with her arms and legs spread out in a determined attitude, a child on her back. Locally flaked semi-saturated grey patina. Erosions and cracks.
Seeional body marks, tattoos and scarifications indicated the grade achieved in the initiation society. This effigy, embodying a tutelary deity, intermediate between men and the god named Chukwu was destined to be placed in the obu (Sing.: obi), houses of the men of the Cross River. The culture Igbo originates from the mythology of the Kingdom Nri of Nigeria, according to which the gods brought to believers palm oil, cassava, and yam-based remedies. These effigies often show symbolic objects, ...


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Senoufo Maternity Figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > 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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Maternity figure Kongo Pfemba
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > 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 ...

Maternity Baule Waka sona
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > 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 Kongo Yombé Pfemba
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Pfemba

African ritual objects have various appearances, such as this tribal sculpture of the Kongo , where a seated female effigy breastfeeds a child. She embodies the ancestor of the clan, a mediator figure, as evidenced by the losangic scarifications of the bust. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with this type of losangic motif pattern in relation to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The open mouth shows off traditionally lined teeth, and wide-eyed, underline the grandfather'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 highlights. Fissures.Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the southwestern ...

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Maternity figure Kongo Yombe Phemba
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > 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 ...

Maternity Kongo Yombe Pfemba
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Phemba Statue

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 > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Pfemba statuette

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 > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > 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 : tribal fetish, maternity > Pfemba statuette

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 : tribal fetish, maternity > 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 : tribal fetish, maternity > 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 > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Baule statue

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 .

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