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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.


Anthropomorphic figure Nok
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African art > African Terracotta > Statue Enough

This African terracotta Nok is from the Guy Mercier collection, consultant for the Solvay group, and passed down from generation to generation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Guy Mercier began to assemble a vast collection of African tribal art. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless derived from Curiosity cabinets which abounded in European capitals during the 1920s. It also comes from prestigious galleries (Paris, Brussels, London, New York)The character stands on a globe pierced at the base. These types of figures are supposed to function as funerary statues, in addition to other little-known uses.
The exploitation of tin deposits in central Nigeria allowed the ...


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Ancestor figure Singiti Hemba/Luba
African art > African Statues > Statuette Hemba

This statue of African art personifies a male ancestor. Carried by large feet established on a circular base, it is represented frontally in an assured attitude. The apparent sex marks the value of lineage and the hands are classically positioned on either side of the protruding abdomen named difu, or 'lineage segment'. ...


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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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Kiteke Suku Ritual Statue
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African art > African Statues > Statue Suku

These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This tribal art sculpture was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Crouching, holding with his hands an imposing head with an upturned nose and displaying a grin revealing his teeth, the character embodies an evil spirit, named kiteke. In the neighboring Kongo clans, the bare posture, crouching, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Grainy patina, matte, kaolin-encrusted residue. Desication cracks.
The ethnic groups Suku and Yaka , very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural ...


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Beaded Bamileke Statue
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African art > African Statues > Statue Bamoun

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This ancient ancestor statuette, characterized by rounded, packed volumes, was first carved in wood and then covered with a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported multicolored beads, predominantly red. She sports a crested hairstyle ending in the neck. The figure that could represent a royal bride squeezes against her bust the attributes of royalty, royal pipes that were brass and wood, bronze and pearls for the most refined. As part of the agrarian rites, however, the Bamileke woman, in charge of the work of the land, also smoked the pipe at the site of the clearing. Alterations of one of the feet, missing beads.
The Bamiléké , a subgroup of a larger people also made up of Bamoun and Tikar, are famous for their African art sculptures ...


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Statuette Nkisi Congo
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African art > African Statues > Statuette congo

Tribal statuette consecrated by the priest nganga , this fetish of kongo has a magical charge housed on the abdomen, in a cylindrical resinous gangue, and in the back, hidden in a textile bag. This amalgam or bilongo consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powdertukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was therefore supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. The hollowed-out orbital cavities were frequently sealed by glass. The mouth is gaping, revealing the teeth. The character is shown kneeling with his hands resting on his thighs. The high headdress is composed of a bouquet of feathers gathered by a string of raffia. Clear patina with a ...


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Statuette Mulima of Lega
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Nkumba

This type of initiation statuettes, in the form of a 'z', are named nkumba or mulima . Nkuma according to E.L. Cameron, the name of the headdress worn by the high-ranking women of Bwami.
, brown ipatine. Residual kaolin inlays. Fine desication cracks.
The African art of the Lega , Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society that admits men and their wives, and governs social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi.Following their exodus from Uganda ...


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Fetish statuette Nkisi of Songye
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African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

Fetish statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) anthropomorphic without accessories, represented in a classical attitude. The particularity of these objects usually lies in the angular treatment of the shape, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends into the beard, the cracks of the mouth raised in rictus, and the attitude deported forward the bulging belly. Oversized feet are also a recurring detail. Absence of the summit horn.
restal satinpatine. Desication cracks and wood abrasions.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi 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 ...

Female figure Tiv Atsuku
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African art > African Statues > Statue Tiv

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People with varied traditions have settled in the savannah north of the Niger and Benué rivers. The Tiv are made up of farmers living on the banks of the left bank of the Benué River. Their statues are of two types: of a naturalistic type, these figures take the form of female representations, some of which formed the top of reception box posts, as evidenced by the base of this statue. The seconds, named ihambé, associated with fertility, feature seated characters. Soft, full and rounded shapes characterize it. The round face has finely sculpted features and sports the scarifications used in the ethnic group. The hairstyle is assembled in fine braids around the central crest.
Plaqué along the bust with generous forms evoking fertility, the arms ...


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Statues League Sakimatwematwe
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African art > African Statues > League Figures

Combined with a notion of foresight, this African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) forms a symbol for an insider of the Bwami. Four thick, half-flexed legs support a trunk on which clump together, separated by a central ring, twelve bleached faces whose eyes stare in opposite directions. Related to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global view of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result from it. (Biebuyck 1973) Grainy patina. Desication cracks.
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 ...


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Figure Dan L-Me - Ivory Coast
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African art > African Statues > Statue Dan

The female figure, shown seated, presents a spoon with a handle forming an infant's head. These ritual spoons were emblems offered to women in hospital. Heterogeneous patina, grainy, kaolin-encrusted residue, abrasions.
For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also known as Yacouba, two distinct universes oppose each other: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that inhabit it. In order for these spirits to be established, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the villages dan. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was ...


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Statue Nebeli Mangbetu
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African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

The motfs inscribed on the face and body of this female figure depict the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Eroded wood. Fingerprints of treated xylophages.
The Mangebetu Kingdom in northern Congo produced ...


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Koulango Maternity
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African art > African Maternity > Statue Koulango

Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in the Voltaic territory. The chiefs Dagomba of the Kingdom of Bouna would then have called them " Koulam " (singular: koulango , subject, vassal). Their complex history has spawned a culture no less complex. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the north-east of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. An imist fetishistic religion, they address their ancestors and the spirits of nature through sculptures in which the soul of these spirits are supposed to reside.
Female fertility figure depicted sitting on a royal stool, it features a ringed neck and a colorful, vase-shaped crest with coloured scales. An infant heads her breast. Blue and red pigments reveal certain traits.


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Fetish Luba Hemba Soko muntu
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The pieces named soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili, man brother, and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : 'monkey face') belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used during ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be incarnated in the mask. This protective statuette is provided for ritual purposes with an orifice at the top of the head.

Satin dark brown, abraded areas of light brown golden color.
Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mostly produced statues of ancestors singiti, embodying chiefs, local ...

Senoufo Maternity Figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

Senoufo African art and maternity wards
The Senoufo have produced a wide variety of African tribal art objects related to the Poro's initiation society: mask-heaumes, face masks, crests, peststatues, or statues depicting the mythical Mother Ka Tyéko.This female tribal statue features a symbolic gesture, sitting, a child with a breast. Scarifications in "moustaches of cat" are present at the cracks of the mouth, linear and parallel on the body. Her hairstyle evokes the mythical bird linked to cosmogony, evoked during the initiation of young people. Sculpture with a satin black patina.
Senoufo villages are made up of clusters of dwellings called katiolo . Each has its own association Poro whose members move up the initiation ladder throughout their lives. Members gather in a ...


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Female figure Ngbandi Ngbirondo
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African art > African Statues > Statue Ngbandi

Among the many sculpted objects relating to hasse and magic, this stylized protective female statuette could represent the spirit Ngbirondo acting as guardian of the village. Funeral statues were also used, and couple sculptures yangba and sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of Ngbaka. The pointed chin and the scarfication on the ridge of the nose is characteristic of the ethnicity. Thick, dark patina, lumpy and cracked.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people from the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngbandi live to the east (on the left bank of the Oubangui) and the Ngombe to the south. The initiation of young people, 'gaza' or 'ganza' (which gives strength) in the Ngbaka and Ngbandi, has many similarities, through endurance tests, songs and dances. The ...


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Figure Bembe / Buyu Kalunga
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African art > African Statues > Statue Buyu

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This sculpture embodies the spirit of water Kalunga, among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The female character is endowed with a head bearing the janiform heaume mask Alunga or even Echawakoba shared by the Bembé.Patine of satin use, abrasions and cracks.

Grating flows have mixed the same territories within the same territories of Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Bassikassingo, considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has helped to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami Lega. The traditions bembé and boyo are relatively similar They venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the ...


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Statue Kongo / Bakongo Nkondi
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African art > African Statues > Statue Bakongo

This androgynous figure of naturalistic type has an abdominal cavity in which a protective magic charge had to be inserted. The hole in the hat could also accommodate therapeutic ingredients. The feet at the disposal of the character amaze by their proportions. The beaded-encrusted pupils form a hallucinated look in relation to the psychic state. Oiled black patina, grainy, locally abraded. Desication cracks and treated xylophage marks.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. The Bakongo live on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, between Zaire and the Republic of Congo. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, ...


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Statuette Chokwe Mwanangana
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Chokwe

This statuette, symbol of power, would feature the mythical ancestor founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga wearing his impressive adornment. This type of figure, represented without the hunter's accessories, is called mwanangana (chief statue). Easily recognizable by this ample headdress with curved side fins (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. Skate rather clear, dull, abraded. Slight cracks.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda, ...


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Dogon Altar Figure
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Juché on a circular base, the figure with the raised arm adopts the attitude of call to the distinctive rain of the statues of Tintam, from the northeastern region of the plateau that dominates the cliffs of Bandiagara. The breasts evoke those of Nommo, the mythical ancestor, allegory of fertility. Abrus seeds, dotted on the base, are agglomerated by crusty libatory residues, which also suggest an underlying pattern composed of cauris. Visible drips. Dry crusty skate. According to the dogon cosmogon, the first primordial ancestors of the Dogon, called Nommo , were the bisexual gods of water. They were created in heaven by the creator Amma and descended from heaven to earth in an ark. The Nommo founded the eight dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the ...


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Dowayo Fertility Dolls
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African art > African Statues > Statues Namji

Trapped in multiple necklaces of glass paste beads giving them a ventru-like appearance, these coupled anthropomorphic figures whose shaggy heads emerge, as haggardly, from this colorful swaddling, have small limbs composed of loops in Beads. A cauri in amulets reinforces the fertility wish. An object of modest size, easily transportable, its supposedly active role does not abandon its aesthetic character.
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Ethnie of northern Cameroon composed of animist mountaineers, the Dowayo , " Namji ", " Namchi ", use anthropomorphic figures, dolls, as part of fertility rituals. The women carried with them these dolls donated by their husbands in the hope of becoming mothers. The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the ...


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