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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 forms with angular contours, elongated features, sometimes with a severe expression. The arms can be glued to the body, or on the contrary, they can move away from it. We find seated or standing figures, arms and knees bent or as with the Dogon Tellem, arms raised towards the sky imploring for the coming of rain. The statues can also be used as fetishes for all sorts of animist practices, mainly in the Congo. Some are made of bronze as in the Benin kingdom. For the traditional African, their function is to make invisible realities visible.


Couple statuesBaule Asié usu
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The "geniuses of nature" in African art
In ritual settings, "asié oussou" sculptures embody beings of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. When it comes to the representation of a couple, despite their comparable characteristics to the Baule statues of mystical spouses "blolo bian" or "blolo bia", the Baule couple effigies still belong to the category of asiè usu or genies of nature .
Sitting on narrow stools of the akan type, these statues embody "spirits of nature" (asie usu)The morphologies and posture are elegant. The braided hairstyles are gathered in hulls, the bodies dotted with scarifications. ...

Figure of Mangbetu Nebeli ancestor
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu statue

The traditional paintings of the Mangbetu ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, and evolving according to the circumstances, are represented on this statue thanks to linear patterns.
Among the Mangbetu from an early age, children of the upper classes also suffered compression of the skull, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on wicker strands and a headband encircled the forehead in order to bring out the hair and constitute this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients called beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli .

Reddish brown patina, native restorations on the arms. ...


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Ere Ibeji Yoruba figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Yoruba figure

Wearing braids organized in an arched crest, this female statuette rising from a circular base has deep scarification, beaded necklaces embellished with grigris and large rings constituting the protective ornaments abiku .
Carved according to the indications of the Ifa transmitted to the diviner, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child. The statuettes are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of them; she anoints them with oil and feeds them regularly. If she disappears, the remaining twin takes over. Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one. The ibedji statues influence the life of the family, which is why the latter continues to address prayers ...


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Kwéré / Zaramo fertility doll
African art > African Dolls > Mwana hiti doll

The Zaramo and the tribes that surround them, such as the Kwere and the Doé, have designed dolls that are generally associated with fertility, but to which other virtues are attributed. Its primary role is played during the period of seclusion of the young Zaramo initiate. The novice will behave towards the object as she would towards a child, and will dance with it during the closing ceremonies of the initiation. In the event that the young woman does not conceive, she will adopt the "child. Among the Zaramo, this carved motif is repeated at the top of canes, decorates ritual objects and even appears on burial posts. The form is recurrent, a stylized head, topped with a double or single crest surmounting a tubular bust without arms on which a slight relief indicates the breasts and ...


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Kakongo Nkisi fetish figure
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Kakongo fetish

The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé, and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by the king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures related to their worldview. The Kakongo are composed of Bakongo tribes from the left bank of the Zaire River. Sorcerers nganga , both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. To this end, individual protective figures nkisis, to protect against witchcraft and various plagues, are made and loaded by the nganga with all the necessary ingredients to achieve this purpose.


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Nkisi Kongo Yombé couple figures
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statues Yombé

Ex French African art collection.
These Kongo statues forming a couple have slightly different physiognomies thanks to the rictus of the female figure. The bilongo elements conferring additional powers to this tribal art object named nkisi were housed in the reliquary-forming cup on the woman's abdomen. The metal reputed to hold protective virtues is present in the form of nails dotting the sculpture. Satin patina, granular residue. The witch doctors nganga , both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through these consecrated figures. Aggressive witchcraft kindoki is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, protective nkisis figures are made and loaded by the nganga with all the ingredients necessary to ...

Bembe Biteki figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bembe figure

Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex.Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembe group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small group Babembé, Béembé, was influenced by the Téké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongos. Settled in the current Republic of Congo, the Béembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of King ntotela elected by the governors. The trade in ivory, copper and slaves were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization. The head of the village, nga-bula, was responsible for interceding with the ancestors. Hunting being a major activity, the ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors,kitebi ...


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Baule Waka Sona statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baoule colon

This statuette is represented frontally, in a confident posture, hands in the pockets. The oversized feet are joined. Abraded polychrome patina. Some sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of ...


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Colon Baoule figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baoule figure

Western influences in African artbaoulé .
Commonly called "colon" but sometimes however embodying a type of "ideal spouse" according to individual criteria, this male figure, coated with a softened polychrome patina, is depicted in Western garb(African Art Western Eyes, Baule", Vogel, p.253 to 257). Two types of statues are produced by the Baule in the ritual context: Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the diviners komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues, made according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian ...


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Banja, Mbanza, Banga figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bandja figure

Graphic face formed by vertical sections divided by the nasal bridge. The rounded back encompasses the arms that run along the bust, a specificity of the ubanguienne region. The functions of these statuettes are comparable to those of the Ngbaka of the Mani-Yanda society, within the framework of therapeutic rites or in preparation before the hunts. Golden brown satin patina. Desication crack on the face.
The banda group, Mbanza, Mabanja, or Banza, made up of about fifty sub-groups, dispersed in Sudan, southern Chad, the Central African Republic, and the North-West of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has various initiatory associations dedicated to spirits and uses sculptures. Banda sculptural traditions have influenced the ethnic groups of Ubangui, Zande, Ngbandi, ...


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Rungu/Bembaminine Luba/Zela ancestor figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Rungu figure

Stocky morphology around a curved bust for this male figure whose face is free from scarified patterns. Glossy patina, long desiccation cracks.
A tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in an area between the R.D.C. (Democratic Republic of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects intended for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently decorated with figures of couples or twins evoking the primordial ancestors. Their king, called mwéné tafuna , lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya , has dolls like those of the Tabwas.

Statuette Suku Kiteke
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fetish Suku

Ex-collection of British African tribal art.

A crouching posture for this figure supporting with his hands an imposing head with a thick snub-nosed "muzzle", evoking an evil spirit named kiteke. The strange cylindrical ears are also a notable feature. In neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, crouching posture, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Glossy patina. Cracks of desiccation. Lacks on a foot.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, which are geographically very close in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka ...


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Yaka / Suku Yiteke figure
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African art, charms of lineages.
Ex-french tribal art collection.
The abdomen of this anthropomorphic figure embodying a mediator ancestor was emptied to receive relics of ancestor or a magical ritual charge. A similar figure painted red ochre, in miniature, is attached to the neck of the character, a fish hangs in his back. These tribal statues providing protection against enemies were carried out according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the sponsor of the object. This powerful object of tribal art was then activated with rituals and incantations. The headgear of this figure, similar to that of the neighbouring Zombos who produced fetishes of the same type, is representative of those of the Kwango River region. One of the feet is damaged. Uneven matte ...


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Figure of maternity Baule Waka sona
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baoulé statue

The "inverted doubles" in African art sculptures in Baule
A brilliant black patina covers this sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire depicting a seated woman, breastfeeding her child. Native desiccation cracks and restorations.
About sixty ethnic groups inhabit Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and masks. sculpted. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé , within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona , "being of wood" statues in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye ...


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Lega Iginga figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega figure

Anthropomorphic statuette with a face cut into a heart, reproducing the lega mask in miniature. The stocky morphology conveys a notion of vigor and stability.
Golden brown patina.
The tribal art of the Lega, Balega, or even Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made in ivory, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranking officers of the Bwami from different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga in the 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 initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used during the initiation of the ...


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Monkey Baoule Gbekre
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Former private Italian collection of African art E. Recupero.

The Gbekre are a particular type of statues found exclusively in the Baoulé statuary. Although most are representations of monkeys, there are a few rare exceptions where the character is human.
The body is nevertheless generally anthropomorphic, the head being simiesque.
Here are certain constants such as the lower part of the face in projection, visible teeth and expressive faces, as well as a crenellated dorsal crest. The character holds either a receptre or an egg in the palm of his hands as is the case here.

According to Delafosse, a director at the beginning of the 20th century, the Baoulé society was exceptionally egalitarian. Indeed, it was characterized by a great tolerance, a ...


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Lobi couple in bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Lobi bronze

Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
Seated figurative couple. They wear the traditional hairstyle and a necklace-talisman. Velvety khaki patina.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name "Lobi", form one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Although they are not very numerous in Ghana, they have also settled in the north of the Ivory Coast. It was at the end of the eighteenth century that the Lobi , coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara , the Dian , the Gan and the Birifor . The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu, to whom they turn through the worship of numerous intermediate spirits, the Thil, the latter being supposed to protect them, with the help of the diviner, against a ...


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Figure of a Yoruba rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Yoruba rider

Dedicated to enthroning on a Yoruba altar, this statuette here embodies a deified ancestor, one of the many gods, orisa , comparable to the Christian saints, who make up the Yoruba pantheon, or even the divine messenger Esù or Elégba . The equine, rare in the region, was an attribute of prestige which was reserved for the nobility and sovereigns. This type of sculpture presents recurring elements such as a frame of different proportions from those of the rider. The horse perched on a pedestal has indeed a reduced size. The character with the typical Yoruba facies has triple claw incisions on the face and has an ax. Crusty polychrome patina. Abrasions and desiccation cracks.
The Yoruba, over 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern ...


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Figure of Fang ancestor of the Byeri
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Fang statue

The African art relating to the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and incarnating the ancestor.
This male figure has a pouting mouth revealing filed teeth. Under clasped hands, the umbilical outgrowth refers to the lineage. Semi-matte black patina, missing. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Topped by a statue or a head that acted as guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the box, supposed to deflect evil influences. They were also used during initiation ceremonies for young people linked to "So" society. During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in parade.

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Effigy of Chief Tchokwe
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Singularity of the works of African art Chokwe
A remarkable finely detailed composition qualifies this African statue of the Chokwe composed of four interlocking elements. It features a chef wearing a European hat and sitting in a prestigious seat reserved for notables. His large, oversized hands hold a tobacco pot. Tobacco use was widespread among the Chokwe, and smoke was an integral part of offerings to spirits ajimu . The meticulous treatment of facial features, and the chiseling of fingers and nails is noteworthy. The beard is also made up of human hair. The repatry application of castor oil and dyes vegetable decoctions has given the sculpture a black patina. (B. Wastiau) Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda ...


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Bangwa anthropomorphic cup
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bangwa statue

The rich production of African art among the populations of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by wood statuary: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as the parents of twins.

Within the large Bamileke tribe in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom. The influence of the Bamileke on bangwa statuary is notable by relatively comparable facial features and morphology. This Bangwa figure, whose hollow abdomen acts as a receptacle, honors fertility. Ocher agglomerates line the internal walls of the cup.
Thick cracked patina, desiccation cracks and native restoration.

Typical of the Bamileke country, the Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and ...


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