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African art - African Statues:

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.


Fetish bust Baga Nalu
African art > African Statues > Baga Fetish

Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups based on the coast and living from rice farming are made up of seven subgroups, including the Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku, which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, hybrid snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of communicating with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of rites following Islamization, colonization, or conversions to Christianity, the Baga now seek to revive their traditions through festive ceremonies using ...


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Ashanti doll
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African art > African Dolls > Ashanti doll

African art fertility figures Ashanti

This female doll is called Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma); its head is flat and circular on a body with a curved chest and buttocks and a protruding umbilical. Exception to the rule, rounded volumes replace the stylized body, devoid of lower limbs. The yellow beaded adornments contrast here with the locally abraded dark patina.
These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, squeezed in their loincloths, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.

The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (formerly "Côte de l'Or"), part of the Akan group, living in a forested region. Like other populations living in the central and southern part of Ghana, ...


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Colon figure Baoule Blolo bia
African art > African Statues > Statue Colon

By times named "colon", this statuette forms the embodiment of a spiritual husband, sculpted according to the soothsayer's instructions. In " African art, Western eyes" Susan Vogel reports that a figure of this type (p.255), an idealized spouse, is depicted dressed in a city dress because the husband is supposed to have a job in the city. The earthly spouse, through the worship of this spiritual double, expects to have invariably his resources, his favors and his protection. Abraded polychromy. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual setting: the statues Waka-Sona , " being of wood " in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komiefoué, the latter being selected by ...


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Songye Janiform Fetish Statuette
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Songye

Two masks kifwebe, linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe , make up the head of this fetish. A ritual accessory in the form of a necklace consisting of a leather pudding reveals fur. A puncture at the top may have been used to fix feathers. This sculpture was moved by metal rods to guard against its power.
Desication Decisions. Glossy patina. Residual white clay inlays.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is ...

Kasangala League/ Katanda figurines
African art > African Statues > League Statues

The anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would, according to Cameron, evoke the one who settled a dispute through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala . At the same time, the object has a punched bust of several holes, referring to the destructive work of a mat by red ants, also related to laziness and sexual debauchery. These objects are called Katanda. The face is smeared with chipped kaolin.
Oiled, sained, locally abraded patina, revealing the veining of a light wood.
This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes ...


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Sakimatwematwe League figurines
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African art lega and introductory materials.
African Tribal Brain Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an insider of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations, its structure is in the form of a central trunk around which four Losangic faces are directed in all directions. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exposed, 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 largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great expense to the families. Each of ...

Reliquary figure Kota Mahongwe
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African art > African Reliquary > Statue Kota

The cult of ancestors, the bwete (North Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and has many analogies with that of the Fang . In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota , these figures have reached a degree of stylization and abstraction as toddning: reduced to the shoulders and to the "" topped with a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male).
The warhead face topped with a small tubular outgrowth here offers two cabochon eyes with a pupil on either side of an edge instead of the nose. Thin strips of copper and brass alternate on the ...

Luba sculpted plank
African art > African Statues > Statue Luba

This realistic sculpture emanating from the southern Luba, with a didactic vocation, would depict a scene of circumcision or childbirth intended for the education of future initiates. The female figure depicted lying on the ground clings to the contours of the board with a decoration of teeth, shells and coins. Its body bears the traditional distinctive scarifications while blue tubular beads make up its adornments. This type of sculpture could also be used as a magical medium to promote births as part of the fertility cult.
seed, satiny, locally abraded darkpatine.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \


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

Female figure with a hemispheric container mboko, calabash filled with kaolin, image of purity and spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the psychics of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the society Buhabo. The soothsayers Mbudye also used it. It was a matter, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. Oiled dark patina. The mouth is abraded.
Selon P. Nooter, these figures, seated or kneeling as appropriate, also represented the soothsayer's wife, underscoring her importance in the process of divination bilumbu . According to some Lubas, however, although a woman, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be ...


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Statuette Ibedji Yoruba
African art > African Statues > Statue Ibedji

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
With a arrangement of braids arranged in crest, this female statuette was sculpted in a summary, almost abrupt way for the abdomen. The shimmering necklace that adorns his neck is made up of dazzling glass beads. Its particularly lustrous surface has acquired a velvety softness. Orange residues of vegetable powder remain on the base, and indigo has been spread over the face and headdress. Desication cracks appear on the object. Coming from the vast collection of African tribal art of Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay group, which undertook it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from ...


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Dogon statues
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African art > African Statues > Dogon figures

These graceful filiform silhouettes evoke the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they sport a tense neck, supporting a chin raised horizontally, looking towards the horizon. These bronze statues are hammered with a succession of notches. Copper brown patina.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and ...


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Kusu bust figure
African art > African Statues > Statue Kusu

The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have indeed borrowed the artistic traditions of the luba and Hemba and have a caste system similar to that of the Luba .  The Hemba settled in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba River. Formerly under the rule of the Luba , these farmers and hunters practice the worship of ancestors by means of effigies long attributed to the Luba.In this region, between the Bembe, Boyo, Hemba, Songye and Tetela, ritual objects have been subjected to exchanges and stylistic influences. The narrowness of the bust is mainly noted on the figures of ancestors to free the space of the arms among the major characteristics. The statues singiti were kept by the fumu mwalo and honoured during ceremonies during which sacrifices were offered to ...


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Drummer figure Mbala Pindi
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African art > African Statues > Mbala Statue

This type of object was a sacred symbol of authority (Pindi).  The musician's hairstyle shares great similarities with the headdress mukote who, among the Western Pende with whom the Mbala shared the circumcision rituals mukanda , became a symbol of the struggle against colonization in the early 20th century. century ("Congo Masks", ed. M.L. Félix, p.114)
This figure of musician, mbundi-ngoma , accompanied by a figure of motherhood , was part of the pair of emblematic sculptures pindi attributed to the leader Mbala at his induction. After a retreat of a few days, the royal insignia and charms were attributed to him, intended to fight the powers opposing hunting, social peace, and harvests. Desication crack. Indigenous restoration using copper. Locally powdered satin patina.


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Statuette Lwena
African art > African Statues > Statuette Lwena

Of Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their sculptures depicting figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . Their sculpture was largely influenced by that of the Chokwe.This female figure is associated with the mythical female ancestor and intervenes on human fertility and the fertility of the land. His face forms a miniature replica of the powerful mask mukishi wa pwo nyi cijingo ca tangwa wearing the kambu ja tota. ("Chokwe and Their Bantu Neighbours" Rodrigues de Areia.) b-patine glossy chocolate.


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Statue of Nkondi Nkisi Congo
African art > African fetish > Kongo Fetish

The nganga , sorcerers but also healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through figures, mostly consecrated anthropomorphic tribal sculptures, named nkisi. These tribal statues have a magical charge usually housed on the abdomen behind a mirror closing the cavity. This copy, embodying a powerful figure, wearing the leader's headdress, adopts a posture that demonstrates determination. A miniature couple, in an offensive attitude, is strangely supported by one leg, the second being folded. The figure lying on the ground symbolizes the subsubjecting of evil powers. Around the neck and hips of the effigy, different "gris-gris", metal, vegetable fibers, dried seeds, various textiles, bells and cords.
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Statue Zande, Azandé
African art > African Statues > Statue Zande

African tribal art counts two types of Azande statues:
The Kudu statues, between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors, and Yanda statues, 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the mani
Very stylized anthropomorphic figure, arms arched on either side of the bust, legs spread apart, legs broaded sideways. The body is regularly punctuated with holes. The geometric head on which the slanted eyes are engraved also gives a supernatural aspect to this sculpture. A magic charge is probably inserted at the top of the head, blocked by a resin.
Oily Dark Patina, Fissures.br-Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name zande , ...


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Zande figurines, Azande
African art > African Statues > Zande figurines

Minimalist volumes highlight a simple cylindrical trunk supported by a wider ring. The legs reduced, apart, support the whole. Great sobriety for the face in which develop two high cavities encompassing the pierced ears and jaw, and where a mouth suggesting restraint.


Patine polished by use, erosions, slight desication cracks.
Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam Because considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of r.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms upon his death into the totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the beginning ...


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The The Cuban Bushoong
African art > African Statues > Statue Ndop

Incarnation of the king in African art Kuba
Suring divine origin for his subjects, the king with the visor hairstyle shody is depicted sitting in a suit on the royal stage, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, allowing him to be identified, surround him, in this case a game, the lywl . Small effigies are usually slave figures. As leader of both the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, "nyim", supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the perreanity of his subjects, whether through the harvests, the rain or the birth of the children. These magical attributes, however, were not hereditary.
In the last days of the king's life, ...


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Iginga League figurines
African art > African Statues > League figure

Ex-Belgian tribal art collection.
Statuettes and moral codes in the African art of lega

This Lega statuette, whose morphology evokes that of an elderly woman, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. The teacher guided the aspiring lega to a place where African lega 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 objects, true metaphors largely referring to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations ...


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Lega fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > League figurines

The African art of Lega , Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest bwami officers of different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga plural), was the property 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 initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi.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 self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the ...


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Dan Maternity Figure
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African art > African Statues > Dan Maternity

This work collected in Guinea Conakry presents a young woman carrying her child on the back. The braided hair gathered in three thick back-to-back shells, the rings to the ears, the body scarifications, the mouth to the protruding lips, are among the aesthetic constants of the statuary of the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire and those established in Nimba County in Liberia, adjacent to the Guinean border. The character is established frontally, legs spread on massive feet, his nudity is asked by a red textile sex cover. Ritual ingredients with a protective vocation form a cluster between the breasts, around a central cauri. Clay residues also remain clumped in crust around the child's figure.
Dark mate patina, abraded, misses on one foot.
Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and ...


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