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Often made of wood the shields are always decorated with expressive motives in order to impress the adversary, or to appeal to the spirits.


Luba / Zela Ngabo
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Once subject to the Luba and then the Lunda, the Zela have adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisale, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in statuary, mythical ancestors, and make offerings to the spirits of nature. These shields could be hung in the huts. Matt patina with colored highlights.
( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. du Musée de Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ). In the southeastern region of Katanga, around the 1960s, the Zela , long subject to the Luba whose customs and rites they borrowed, carved animal masks, following the example of the Lubas and Kundas. In ...


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Tschokwe shield
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Prestigious shield decorated with geometric patterns and the pwo mask carved in high relief. Its presence is supposed to be beneficial for its holder.
African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many akishi (sing: mukishi, indicating power) masks of African tribal Chokwe art, embody an ideal of beauty, Mwana Pwo, or female Pwo, and appear today during festive ceremonies. Joined with their male counterparts, chihongo recognizable by their large, tray-shaped headdress, the pwo are meant to bring fertility and prosperity to the community. Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the sixteenth century, the Chokwe were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwe never fully ...


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Songye Shield
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Shield used by the company bwadi ka bifwebe , whose sculpted motif shows the mask Kifwebe . Two-tone matte patina. Abrasions.
Thirst variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this copy, during the most important ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River amidst savannah and forests. They are governed ...


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Teke Kidumu mask shield
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Only the Tsaayi, among the Teke subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu ( kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. Since the independence of the Congo, they appear more and more at celebrations. The pictograms of the Teke masks emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: circular, they are divided horizontally by a band and their surface is decorated with geometric motifs painted with white, red, black or ochre pigments. In addition to a lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
Satin patina. Abraded polychromy. Crack of desiccation.


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Boa Pongdudu Shield
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Ex-collection of African American tribal art.
This shield is adorned with a mask pattern with oversized ears, perforated like the ear pavilions of the Eastern Boa, an operation called " bavobongo ". Supposed to make invulnerable and in order to terrify the enemy, the mask of African art kpongadomba of the Boa, or Pongdudu, was ordered by the chief kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut. It conferred an impressive aspect to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. Farmers close to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa live in the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boa are said to have used these masks for educational purposes with children, since the pacification of the Uele region.
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Bouclier Ngala Ngombe
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Collected in the Ngata-Gnombe-Gnala region, this shield is decorated with a geometric face flanked by high semi-circular ears. Divided into broad contrasting bands, it has also been carefully edged with basketry weaving. Abrasions. In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi River, on the banks of the Lualaba, live the 120,000 Bantu-speaking Ngombe, led by an Elombe chief and warrior society. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and Ngbaka whose statuary has influenced their tribal sculpture, and various Banda groups. Their masks of geometric appearance are used during the rites of the Mani society. They also produce hunting fetishes for protection, and prestigious objects decorated with tapestry nails.


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Ethiopian Shield
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This heavy Ethiopian shield, which is highlighted by a suitable base, has a solid central handle on the concave inner face. Its outer face, embossed, is adorned on either side with a median ridge of parallel ribs that rhythm circular protrusions. A wide band of red pigments, cruciform, divides it, sharp with the beautiful dark brown patina. Small circular tears at the old fastening points.
AfricanBouclier collected by Mr. J. Henry, an expatriate hydrologist engineer, on a mission for the Belgian state in Zaire and Burundi, now deceased, a shrewd collector, a erudite man whose patient selection of works also testifies to his aesthetic requirement.
Used by the Arsi-Oromo and Amarro of Ethiopia, this type of shields such as this copy were made of buffalo leather or hippopotamus, ...


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Kifwebe Songye Ngabo Shield
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Ancient shield used by the company bwadi ka bifwebe , whose sculpted motif shows the mask Kifwebe . These shields were symbolically hung from the walls of the mask storage box called kiobo . Mate velvety patina. Abrasions.
Thirst variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this copy, during the most important ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled ...

Gope Papua Votive Board - New Guinea
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Coming from the Gulf of Papua, this oblong-shaped tablet, mainly produced by the Western Kerewa, is named gope, or kwoi, or Hohao. It embodies a imunu, an ancestral spirit linked to the territory where the clan lives. Supposed to protect from revenge from enemies, it was offered to the young initiate, after being carved by his uncle, and exhibited in the ceremonial hut of the village where the ritual objects were stored.
The surface is engraved with stylized patterns with natural red ochre pigments.
Pieces from the collection of the painter 'a href-U'0022http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href'"https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/U-002 Engstfeld-Schremper , a glazier artist.

Couple of Benin altar heads
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Benin altar heads in bronze, surmounted by a horn in bronze, sometimes in ivory.

The  commemorative head of a Chieftain  that bears the insignia of a high ranked dignitary, is one of the main characteristics of the altar. The worshipper thanks the head with his offerings and sacrifices. To the Chieftain this altar has a privacy meaning and is placed at the center (the heart) of the house. On the other hand, the ancestors altar is found in the first room, that is allowed to the strangers. Put on the ancestor altar, the head symbolizes the Chieftain  ability to reign and prosper.

Djenne funeral shield
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African art reveals some extraordinary pieces as funeral shield Djenne terracotta.

Magnificent piece of excavation sold with TL test attesting to seniority between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries.
There are very few copies of the shield, and in as good condition. The literature mentions only rarely existed.
We find patterns in cob as they can be found on the jars of this ethnic group.

The ancient sites Djenné all located in a flood zone, people are always heads that flush when the waters recede. Rolled by the waves, these heads are found far from their original archaeological site.


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