Ex.Jacques Anquetil collection "Africa, the hands of the world" by J .Anquetil, ed. Solar ) by Jacques Anquetil , African art collector, actor originally, then initiated to weaving among the Dogon, author of several books.
Among the tribes living in Sierra Leone, Mende and Kissi, mostly rice farmers, worship stone statues dating from the Sapi kingdom. The latter extended, until the 16th century, from Guinea to Liberia. The Temné organized themselves into chiefdoms headed by a supreme chief. The ragbenle or mneke society, responsible for fertility, intervened when the chief died. The bundu association, on the other hand, prepared young girls for their adult life. The Temne and the Bullom produced a large number of "Afro-Portuguese" ivories following European orders. The "nomoli" of the Mendé, placed on altars, benefited from libations in order to increase the harvest. These stone sculptures, mainly in steatite or saponite, called pombo (deceased) played on the other hand, among the Kissi, a role of intermediary with the ancestors. Representations vary from the most basic form to elaborate carvings. This is a character surrounded by his children.  

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OriginColl. française Anquetil
Height cm31
Width20 cm
Weight9.30 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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