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African art - Spoon:

From being everyday objects, spoons, ladles and other kitchen utensils have become real art objects that find their place in any collection of tribal art.


Bwende Spoon
African art > Spoons, ladles > Bwende Spoon

In addition to the famous niombo, sometimes giant anthropomorphic funerary "packages" representing the deceased, the Bwende, inspired by the Kongos and the Bembe, sculpted various prestigious objects, such as this spoon whose ample cuilleron is surmounted by a bust depicting an ancestor.
Height on base: 47 cm. Glossy orange-brown patina, desiccation cracks.

The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by King Ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The Bwendé sculptures were strongly inspired ...


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Touareg Ladle
African art > Spoons, ladles > Touareg Ladle

br> Usual objects in African art.
A functional accessory for ritual ceremonies, this sculpted spoon offers a deep cone-shaped spoon surmounted by a curved handle with a flat end. Very fine streaks adorn the surface.
Scattered throughout the Saharan region of Libya, Mali, Algeria and Niger, the Tuareg (sing: Targui), or "Veiled Men", would come from Berber pastors fleeing the Arabs in Libya in the 7th century. The targui blacksmith also sculpts wood, which is a rare material, carved objects which are often repaired to prolong their use are part of the dowry.
Ref. : "Black Africa, 1" J. Anquetil.


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Luba spoon
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Luba spoon

Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoon-emblems are recurrent in tribal art. The handle of the spatula is sculpted with a classic cephalomorph pattern, featuring a traditionally shaven head effigy, a headband limiting the sophisticated headdress. the facial features, harmonious, are carefully modeled. Although ritual, the spoon also quickly became an outward sign of wealth.
Height on base: 56 cm.
Cracks and abrasions.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the name (Baluba, which means “the Lubas”). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala who killed the old king Kongolo who has since been revered in ...


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Spatula Hemba
African art > Spoons, ladles > Spatula Hemba

Carved with singiti hemba ancestor motifs by the bwana mutombo, the handle of this prestigious spoon extends into a flat bowl. Semi-satin medium brown patina, small erosions. Height on base: 39 cm.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighboring Luba empire, which has had a certain influence on their culture, their religion and their art. Ancestor worship is central to Hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of privileges and the distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, these are considered to have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mainly produced statues of singiti ancestors, embodying chiefs, local warriors, or lineage ancestors whom ...


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Touareg Spoon
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Touareg Spoon

Everyday objects in African art.
A functional accessory for ritual ceremonies, this sculpted spoon offers a deep bowl in the shape of a cone extended by a flat, curved handle. Fine parallel streaks form intersecting patterns on the matte surface. Velvety patina, abrasions from use.
Height on base: 30 cm.
Disseminated in the Saharan region of Libya, Mali, Algeria and Niger, the Tuareg (sing.: Targui), or "Veiled Men", come from Berber pastors fleeing the Arabs in Libya in the 7th century. The targui blacksmith also carves wood, this being a rare material, the carved objects which are often repaired to prolong their use are part of the dowry.
Ref. : "Black Africa, 1" J. Anquetil.


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280.00

Pende Spoons
African art > Spoons, ladles > Pende Spoons

French African art collection.
The name will be communicated upon acquisition. The decorative arts pende reflect religious uses thanks to the traditional motifs with which they are adorned. On these spoons appear faces like the initiation masks, with large lowered eyelids. Glossy brown patina, minor abrasions.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks, realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the ...


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Kongo Spoon
African art > Spoons, ladles > Kongo Spoon

Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in African tribal art. This copy is distinguished by the anthropomorphic motif depicting a notable sitting with imposing presence. We find the canons of Kongo art. This type of ritual object also forms an outward sign of wealth and prestige.

Height on base: 41 cm.
Matte medium brown patina, chip on one arm, minor cracks.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the ...


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180.00

Mangbetu Spoon
African art > Spoons, ladles > Mangbetu Spoon

Anthropomorphic spoons are recurring in tribal art. This one is distinguished by its anthropomorphic motif taking up the classic canons that value the mythical hairstyle. Though of ritual use, the spoon also quickly became an emblem of prestige.
The Mangbetu kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments, everyday objects and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its symmetry and refinement, while at the same time testifying to the ritual murders and human sacrifices practiced by "the people of the elongated heads".
Height on base: 36 cm.


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Fang Spoon
African art > Spoons, ladles > Fang Spoon

The spoon, a "noble" object, an instrument for ritual purposes or a functional tool, is enhanced by its sculpted motifs.
This African Fang spoon illustrates the diversity of the African decorative arts of the Fang: the carved subject refers to the statues of ancestors surmounting the reliquary baskets. Chocolate satin patina.
Height on base: 47 cm.
The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and embodying the ancestor. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences towards ...


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Luba spoon
African art > Spoons, ladles > Luba spoon

Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in tribal art. This one for rustic that it is is not less very interesting by the simplicity of its form and the sculpture. We find there the attributes of Luba art including the mythical hairstyle of this ethnic group. Traces of use and wear. Black and slightly crusty patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the name (Baluba, which means “the Lubas”). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala who killed the old king Kongolo who has since been revered in the form of a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized ...


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