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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.


Spoon Baule
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The usual objects have always been the mediums of choice for the artistic expression of African sculptors, especially in Côte d'Ivoire. The rice spoons of the Baoulé, and the neighbouring Dan, were not only intended to be offered to the most hospitable woman in the community, as a trophy. They were used at community meals closing traditional festivals and ritual ceremonies but were also used in fertility rituals: rice was then thrown on the crowd to ensure protection and fertility.

The handle of this ceremonial spoon or shovel is made up of a miniature of the Goli face mask named Kplé kplé yasua, worn by teenagers. These masks exist in black and red, male and female, and dance in turn, but this attribution varies from village to village. The ornamentation of this prestigious ...


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Luba spoon
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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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Mangbetu Spoon
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Spoon with the characteristics of Mangbetu ceremonial objects. The handle depicting two long twisted necks bears a sculpture of a capped head according to traditional use, the result of a compression of the cranial box, thanks to raffia ties, from an early age. The hair was then intertwined around wicker strands and a headband encircled the forehead, accentuating the elongation of the skull.

Erosions and cracks.
Height with base: 55 cm.
The Mangebetu kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ancients call beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to ...


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Touareg Spoon
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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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Nyamwezi spoon
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A prestigious emblem, this traditional African sculpture adopts a feminine silhouette with curved shapes. It acts as a handle extending the bowl which symbolizes the head. Chip on the edge of the bowl.
Nuanced, lustrous brown patina.
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 Nyamwézi are made up of tribes of diverse origins making up the largest group in central Tanzania, yet sharing the same cultural traits. They were involved in the 19th century in the caravan trade that crossed their Unyamwézi territory. They were therefore led to travel from the Congo (R.D.C.) to the coastal cities of the Indian Ocean, where they were called "Nyamwézi", "men of the moon" or "men of ...


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Luba spoon
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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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Mangbetu Spoon
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Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurring in tribal art. It is distinguished by the quality and finesse of its sculpture. We find there all the canons of Luba art including the mythical hairstyle. Although ritual, the spoon also quickly became an outward sign of wealth.
The Mangebetu 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".


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Luba spoon
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Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in tribal art. It is distinguished by the quality and finesse of its sculpture. We find there all the canons of Luba art including the mythical hairstyle. Although ritual, the spoon also quickly became an outward sign of wealth.
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 chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to ...


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Ceremonial spoon Tabwa
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Ex Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in African art. This one is distinguished by the quality and the fineness of its sculpture. We find the typical headdress pulled back and long. The heart-shaped face is slightly reminiscent of that of some Fang.

The Tabwa are an ethnic group present in the southeast of the DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they federated around tribal chiefs after being influenced by the Luba. It is during this period that their artistic current expressed itself mainly through statues but also masks.
The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues to it. Animist, their beliefs are anchored around ngulu, spirit of nature ...


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Ladle spoon AmmôlaTouareg Niger
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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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Dan Wakemia figurative spoon
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Usual objects in African art.
The sculpted handle here represents legs with powerful muscles. They are frozen in a dynamic posture evoking a dance movement. Black brown patina and kaolin. The tribal art of the Dan also produces objects of daily use, including these carved wooden utensils, Wakemia, used during festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to the women leading the traditional women's associations. These shovels, symbols of prestige, will be joyfully brandished during the "dances of the hospitable woman" (wakede) of the great meals organized under their authority. For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants and its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation ...

Tabwa Spoon
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Ex-German African art collection.

The Tabwa ('scarifier' and 'write') are an ethnic group present in the south-east of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe, worship the ancestors mipasi through sculptures held by chiefs or sorcerers.
Simples farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks. The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are rooted around ngulu, spirits of nature present in plants and rocks. Source: Treasures of Africa Ed. Tervuren Museum.


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Ceremonial spoon Mangbetu
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The mangbetu's ceremonial objects have a wide variety, such as this prestigious spoon whose anthropomorphic handle borrows the silhouette of a woman wearing traditional body motifs, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, evolving according to the circumstances. She also wears the famous headdress that resulted from compression by raffia ties of the cranial box from an early age. The hair was later \


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Lega Spoon
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If the aspirants to Bwami are symbolically nourished during the initiation ceremonies, the use of African spoons also extends to circumcision rites. The instructor places them in the circumcised's mouth so that he bites her during the operation. The bone or ivory spoons kalukili, or kakili , were, however, the prerogative of the highest ranks of the Bwami.Au The Lea, the society of Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on the top of hills. The role of the leader, ...


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Beembé Ritual Spoon
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This statuette with a stretched bust, camped on muscular lower limbs and broad feet, forms the handle of our spoon. The face of a beautiful oval is wearing the characteristic cap. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, almond eyes are hollowed out. There is a crack on the edge of the spoon. Very nice oiled patina honey color. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of The Babembé was influenced by the Rites and Culture Téké, but especially by that of the Kongo.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , village chief, intercede with ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position of a hunter. The idealized representations of male ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by ...


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Big spoon Dan Wakémia
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Usual objects in African art.
Wakémia spoon whose handle, embellished with friezes of cowries, ends in an elegant horn pattern. Grainy, satiny patina.
Height on pedestal: 54 cm.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects of daily use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia, used during festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will joyfully wield it during the "dances of the hospitable woman". For the Dan of the Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct worlds are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. In order for these ...


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Dan Wakemia Spoon
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Usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the Dan also produces objects of daily use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakemia, used in festive ceremonies and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will joyfully wield it during the "dances of the hospitable woman". As in many cases, this spoon has an anthropomorphic handle, here a male body with curved muscles, established on large digitized feet, and adorned with traditional body scarification. Brown, shiny patina. For the Dan of Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct worlds are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, ...


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Spoon Lega anthropozoomorphe
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If Bwami aspirants are symbolically fed during initiation ceremonies, the use of African Lega spoons extends similarly to circumcision rites. The instructor places them in the circumcised's mouth so that he bites it during the operation. The bone or ivory spoons kalukili, or kakili , were, however, the preserve of the highest ranks of the Bwami. Their symbolism is associated with masks and statuettes with the proverbs and sayings of lega society. Within the Lega, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in ...

Spoon Dan anthropomorphic
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Ex-collection French tribal art.
The usual objects in African art. A figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle depicts a female naked body in a dynamic attitude evoking a dance movement. It relies on legs with vigorous muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are written in the ears. The column bust has an umbilical ledge. Grainy, sainy skate. Slight cracks around the edge of the spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte ...


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Spoon Wakémia of Dan
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The usual objects in African art.
Figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle represents a female body in a dynamic attitude. It relies on legs with curved muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by large digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are inscribed on the whole body. The column bust is arched. Dark, lapped skate. Around the eroded spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, ...


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Spoon Dan Wakemia
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The usual objects in African art.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". As in many cases, this spoon features a handle featuring a female body with curved muscles, adorned with traditional body scarifications. Erosions on the upper edge. Light brown, grainy skate.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For ...


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