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Often the work of blacksmiths who work on soft woods, African statuary includes statues of ancestors, dolls, statuettes of twins. All these statues offer geometric shapes with angular contours, elongated features, sometimes a severe expression. The arms can be glued to the body, or on the other hand they can move away from it. There are characters sitting or standing, arms and knees bent or as the Dogons Tellem with arms raised to the sky pleading for the coming of rain.


Female figure Kakulungu Pende
African art > African Statues > Pende Figurines

Female figure from the Kangulungu region sculpted in a naturalistic style, endowed with the famous half-closed female look, "zanze". Represented naked, fingers joined on the sternum, she adopts an expression of recollection. These statues were generally a fertility cult and were kept in a room in the chief's house. Red ochre mate patina. Abrasions.
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and ...


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Fertility figure Lulua Buanga Bua cibola
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Luluwa

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. Figures such as the one presented are part of the cult Buanga bua cibola, and are believed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands indeed, this character highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and object of all solicitudes. ( The Power of the Sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) Protruding scarifications adorn the body, and a single curl of curies and pearls remains in the ear. Satin brown patina. Fine desication cracks.
The Lulua, or Béna Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced ...

Kongo settler statuette
African art > African Statues > Statuette Congo

Wearing a cap and a uniform, this colonist character adopts an attitude of "attention to you". Patina of different ochre browns. Missing under one foot.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. The king, also known as ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. The nganga, both healers and healers, were responsible for religious ...


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Cavalier Yoruba Sango
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African art > African Statues > Statue Yoruba

Representations of horsemen are very common in The African Yoruba Art, and for good reason, it is the central theme of history called "The Death and The Cavalier of The King".
This fiction tells the funeral of the late King of Oyo, a former African state founded in the 15th century, neighbor of the kingdom of Dahomey, and the tradition that his rider, Elesin, must commit suicide within thirty days of the death of the king in order to follow Yoruba religious dogma. The death of the rider is indeed intended to guarantee the king a safe drive to his new home.
Elesin, a simple man enjoying life, is given a mission he does not want and ends up disappointing the Yoruba people who place high expectations in him.

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Power figure Kongo Solongo
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African art > African Statues > Statue of Congo

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Power fetishes in African art.
This naturalist figure presents an oval face whose style is generally attributed to the Solongo of Angola, the latter providing the Kongo clans. The glassy look of the pinhead pupils is wide open which "is the prerogative of an elder. Indeed, only the middle-aged can stare at us with such insistence in order to alert us to problems or oddities."
This statue of a warrior evokes the subjugation of enemies, physical or immaterial. Clayey libatory residues have agglutinated on the surface.
Beautiful dark oiled patina, ochre granular aggregates.


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Tabwa fetish doll
African art > African Dolls > Tabwa doll

Used by the female initiation society, this tubular carved figure is endowed with female attributes and a protruding umbilicus, scarifications comparable to those, traditional, of the members of the tribe, and has a patina color honey.
The Tabwa ("to scarify" and "to write") 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 mainly during this period that their artistic current expressed itself mainly through statues but also masks. The Tabwa practiced the cult of ancestors and dedicated some of their statues called mkisi to them. Animist, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu, spirits of nature present in plants and rocks. The Luba dominated the ...


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Statues Lega Sakimatwematwe
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African art > African Statues > Lega Statues

The African lega art and the ritual initiation materials
African Statue Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, this object is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami (" things ("), among the many others used during the initiations. Its structure comes in a cylindrical central form supported by a foot cut in four. Three groups of four faces overlap, directed towards the four cardinal points. Clear matte skate. Lacks and erosions.
The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring to them referring to largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed ...

Female figure Bambara Dyoneni, Nyeleni
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African art > African Statues > Female figure Bambara Dyoneni, Nyeleni

Femininity tutelary in the African art bambara, this sculpture of "little favorite",

Nyeleni in Bambara, is described stuck on a rounded base. The triangular face is capped with an incised ridge of parallel lines, heads. The scarified body displays the attributes of fertility by the full and tense breasts, the abdomen very slightly convex, the generous hips and the representation of the sex. The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke, who believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala which has 266 sacred attributes: one for each day of the 9 Ngala maintains order in the universe, its existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all These are qualities to men, and they grow ...

Iginga League Figurines
African art > African Statues > League Figurines

African lega art and initiation materials.
Anthropomorphic statuette with a spherical head carried by thick bent legs. Among the many others used during initiations, it belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to submit to costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of Bwami, the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations lasted seven days and included at least ...


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Female figure Kongo Yombe Phemba
African art > African Statues > Phemba figure

The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites, particularly through nkondo nkisi.
carved fetishes. This finely detailed female figure, wearing a dignitary's headdress, symbol of the mythical ancestor probably associated with fertility cults, is represented kneeling in an attitude of respect or supplication. Scarifications are scattered on her bust. These cuts, made with needles, knives and razors, were then coated with coal or ashes to accelerate healing and form prominent patterns. Abrasions. Matt patina.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. ...


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Statue of warrior Bena Lulua
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African art > African Statues > Statue Luluwa

Used in the rituals associated with the cult buanga bua bukalenge , this male figure representing an ancestor bears abundant facial and body scarification, a common practice in late 19th century Central Africa. These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only great stars, but also hope. " These statues of warriors, whose right-angled arms would be associated with vigor, participated in the investiture and funeral of chiefs. Satin brown-black patina. Cracks d dessication.
Lulua Lulua is a generic term, referring to the large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers. The Lulua people migrated from West ...

Figure masculine Mangbetu Nebeli
African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

Figure of ancestor depicted naked, camped on stocky lower limbs, half-fell. The geometric patterns traced evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations. The latter varied depending on the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was sported by the Mangbetu: from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu their hair on wicker strands and applied a headband to the forehead to extract the hair and produce this particular headdress that accentuates the lengthening of the head. The ancient names beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli .
s dark satinpatine. Fine ...


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Figure of Chef Tschokwe Chibinda Ilunga
African art > African Statues > Statue Chokwe

This statue, symbol of power, glorifies the ancestor and mythical hero founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chief, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive noble headdress. Easily recognizable thanks to this large headdress with curved side wings (cipenya-mutwe) which was made of a wicker frame covered with fabric, brass, leather, and pearls, he had taught his people the art of hunting. The dignitaries presented themselves cross-legged in suits, which is confirmed by an African proverb: "The elder sitting cross-legged wishes to be greeted with respect" "By the allusion to the circle of his cross-legged legs, the chief conveys the blessings of a life in full orbit". ("The Kongo gesture", ed. Dapper Museum) The chief claps his hands as a sign of welcome and to ...

Fang Ntumu s ancestor figure of the Byeri
African art > African Statues > Statue Fang

Covered with braids gathered in three top shells, the horizontal lips forming a wide pout, this reliquary figure displays the characteristics of the Ntumu style from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Matt oily patina, eroded areas. Lacks in the feet.
Among the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are kept. These boxes were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were meant to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the "So" society. During ...

Statue Ibubi Metoko
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African art > African Statues > Statue Metoko

This male statue named Ibubi , belonging to the Nkumi, former Bukota , was used as the figure kakungu for the initiation rites of male society and also played a role in mediations during disputes. Mahogany brown oiled patina, remnants of kaolin and red ochre.
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very close, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a monotheism rare in Africa. Their three-grade society, the Bukota, structured daily life and welcomed both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the association Bwami of the Lega. The sculptures played a role in the initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Kakungu in particular was surrounded by other sculpted objects, including ...


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Baule settler statue
African art > African Statues > Colon Baoulé

Western influences in African Baoulé art .
Commonly called "colon" but sometimes embodying a type of "ideal spouse" according to individual criteria, this male figure distinguished by its polychromy is represented dressed in colonial costume. African Art Western Eyes, Baule", Vogel, p.253 to 257) br /> Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in ritual settings: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in baoulé, evoke a "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 selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate the revelations of the beyond. The second type of statues, realized according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the beyond, masculine, ...


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Female figure Lega Kakulu
African art > African Statues > Lega Figurines

A particular structure for this small Lega iginga kakulu statuette: indeed, thick arched legs support a small winged board constituting the bust of the figure, itself surmounted by a bulbous head. The trunk, provided with protrusions for the breasts, is engraved on both sides with motifs associated with scarifications or tattoos specific to Lega. The eyeballs are exorbed in a face carved in heart.
Golden beige satin patina.
This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used during the initiation of the aspirants, cleaned and oiled. Each one ...


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Tabwa induction figure
African art > African Statues > Statue Tabwa

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The statuette perched on a stool in the center of the sculpted composition, carrying on the shoulders a female figure, embodies a clan chief. This type of object was used during the enthronement rites. Warm brown patina, powdery ochre residues. Cracks of desiccation. The Tabwa ("to scarify" and "to write") constitute an ethnic group present in the South-East of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe , devote a cult to the ancestors mipasi thanks to sculptures held by chiefs or sorcerers. A magical charge ( dawa )was frequently introduced at the top of the head of the statues. Healing diviners used such objects to unveil witchcraft and protect against evil spirits. .
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Songye Nkishi fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

More realistic than usual, this carved figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ),always provided with the top horn in which the magic charge bishimba will probably have been introduced. The power of the fetish would indeed be accentuated by the presence of accessories, jewelry, metal, materials and various elements. Brown to black glossy patina.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their ...


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Statue Dyonyeni Bambara, Bamana
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African art > African Statues > Statue Bambara

African art among the Bambara.
This African statue of favorite "small", Nyeleni in Bambara, is shown in the frontal position, legs half-flexed on a circular base. The face is capped with a streaked crest, ears of the "en horseshoe "se draw laterally. The scarred body shows signs of motherhood and fertility through full and stretched breasts, in shells, and prominent abdomen. Oily patina, oiled, ocreted residues. The Bambara of central and southern Mali belong to the large Mande group, such as the Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala who maintains the order of the universe. His existence coexists with another androgynous god called Faro, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruits of the earth. Large masked ...


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Luba Cup-bearing statuette
African art > African Statues > Statuette Luba


Asaned in order to present the hollowed-out gourd mboko which was filled with kaolin whose visitors to the king were silently symbolizing purity and the spiritual world, this female figure offers a delicately modeled face. According to P.Nooter these figures represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the process of divination bilumbu
The healers of the society Buhabo and the soothsayers Mbudye also used it.
On some Luba though a woman, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of the Mbudye associated with royal power. Patine mate.

Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu ...


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