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Chokwe Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Chokwe Mask

The Tschokwe, in African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which uses around thirty masks linked to the ancestors, for social purposes varied, including this type of animal mask, the ngulu. Colorful cotton fabrics and various small objects were also added. The lewd behavior that accompanied his exhibition contrasted with the other masked dances.
Locally grainy brown patina. Abrasions. Height on base: 42 cm.

The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had established themselves in eastern Angola, but also in the Congo and Zambia. Following different alliances, they mixed with the Lunda who taught them hunting.
Sources: “Chokwe”, 5continents, B.Wastiau and “African Art”, Mazenod.


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Yoruba Maternity
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Yoruba Maternity

African motherhood naturalist of the Yoruba type. Communication with the afterlife was based on a maternal figure embodying for the Yoruba people one of the many female goddesses, the earth goddess Onilé ("owner of the House"), guarantor of longevity, peace, and resources, and linked to the powerful Ogboni society among theYoruba Egba and Ijebu. She could also embody Orunmila, goddess of divination.
Smooth mahogany patina, erosions and drying cracks.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion is based on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba . The Oyo created two cults centered on the ...


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Baule Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baule Statue

Belgian collection of African art
“Waka-Sona” (“wooden being” in Baoulé) sculpture which presents slender and graceful shapes. It represents a naked figure with an oblong head emerging from a long neck. The face with feminine features, with large protruding eyes, is topped by a braided hairstyle in the shape of a diadem. Without accessories to distract, the purity of the forms is highlighted. The character's two hands rest on a swollen abdomen, symbolizing filiation. Despite a long drying crack on the bust, the sculpture retains a satin black patina, dotted with kaolin residue.
The Baoulés produce two types of "Waka-Sona" statues for specific rituals: those which evoke an "assiè oussou" (being of the earth), part of a set used as a medium by Komian diviners, selected by the ...


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Lega mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lega mask

Bwami lega mask, perhaps animal because of its elongated structure, tightened at the level of the jaw treated as a rectangle. The cross patterns would symbolize a mane or coat. These masks indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society made up of different grades, and joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu.
Golden beige patina.


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 during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must ...


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Lega Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lega Mask

African masks Lega. This type of lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami. His double gaze evokes spiritual vision. Smooth brown patina, cracks concentrated at the top, erosions. Height on base: 49 cm.
Within the Léga, 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 during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the leader owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, the Idumu masks were presented to the ...


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 Leka Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Leka Mask

Ex. Belgian collection of African art.
African mask of initiation of the Lega or even the Leka, whose society, the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their masks are quite similar, but are distinguished by their mouth and sometimes also their square or rectangular eyes.br>
Black glossy patina encrusted with white clay.
Height on base: 33 cm.
The sculptures of the Leka, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning with an educational purpose, like the Lega traditions.


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Songye Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

The tribal masks of the Songye.
African mask of the Songye, established in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Featuring an impressive sagittal crest, this majestic kilume mask, whose narrow cheeks propel the features, embodies high authority in the brotherhood. Striated flat areas highlight the volumes. Matt patina, erosions and desiccation cracks.
Height on base: 81 cm.
Three variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing out death" (Roberts) are distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very bass or absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, is worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this ...


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Songye Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

Private collection of a Belgian gallery owner whose identity will be communicated to the buyer.

African art among the Songye is distinguished in particular by the Kifwebe masks, also known by the plural Bifwebe, which were produced at the same time by the Luba and the Songye. The term Kifwebe designates both the mask itself, the society of masks and the mask wearer belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe, responsible for social control. These masks come in three variants: the masculine (kilume), generally decorated with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent crest, and finally the largest symbolizing power (kia ndoshi).
Equipped with holes on their outline, these African masks allow you to attach a costume during the most ...


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Kongo Box
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Kongo Box

Ex-Belgian collection of African art.
Small pear-shaped container with a cap, intended to contain powder for wooden rifles. This black powder was imported from Europe, making it a luxurious commodity carefully preserved. This powder, to which magical virtues were also attributed, often complemented the ingredients of ritual fetishes. Decorative motifs are engraved on the sides of the object. Matte brown patina.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed the naturalist statuary and religious rites, in particularly by means of carved fetishes nkondo nkisi.

Ref. : “Maternity in black African art” Massa; “Tribal Art of Black Africa” Bacquart.


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Tikar currency
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Tikar currency

French collection of tribal art.
According to R. Ballarini in "The Perfect Form" (p.182), this primitive African currency is associated with the prestige of Tikar chiefs. A sort of bowl with a long handle, it also has a chain extended by a spatula-shaped blade. Grainy brown-black patina.
The Tikar populate the western part of central Cameroon which is located within the dense secondary forest of medium altitude, along the Mbam. These black iron blades were used as currency but also for offerings, wedding dowries and for major festive and ceremonial occasions. "Before the colonial era, payments in Africa were never made using coins. Transactions were made using products considered valuable because they were rare, useful, or desirable: livestock, pieces of fabric , pearls, cowrie ...


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Ewe statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ewe statue

Anthromoporphe bust, eroded, cracked surface, old patina rubbed with ocher. Function undetermined.
In Togo, African fetishes are part of rituals following the intentions of their owner. Witch doctors, following the fa divination ritual using palm nuts, make them to order to offer protective and medicinal virtues but also offer more classic ready-to-use versions. The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the largest ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. According to Hélène Joubert, the cults paid to the Yoruba gods, the orisha, and those of the Vodou gods, vodun, as well as their religious structure, are comparable in many respects. Slaves from different cultures further exported their practices to Cuba and Brazil. ...


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Pende whistle
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Pende whistle

This type of talisman object, worn as a pendant, was used during collective hunts, in order to alert one's team or dog to direct the prey towards a goal. The whistling sound was modulated using the lateral appendage. The success of the hunts was in fact ensured by specialists thanks to a wide diversity of ritual objects. The motif is the Kiwoyo mask among the Eastern Pende, or Giwoyo among those from the Center, which was generally worn as a cap over a soft hat. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his bed, this mask was associated with funeral rituals. Nowadays he participates in peaceful and festive ceremonies
Matte brown patina.
Height on base: 20 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern have established themselves on the ...


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Tchokwe Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Tchokwe Mask

Ex-French African art collection.
The African Chokwe pwo masks, in African tribal art, are exclusively female representations, intended for the worship of female ancestors. Indeed, the chokwe society is organized in a matrilineal way. Joined to their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their large headdress in the shape of a tray, pwo face masks must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The cultural logic of these two icons developed during the pre-colonial period continues to inspire artists in north-eastern Angola.

Characteristic patterns on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. This recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic ...


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Lega Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lega Mask

African mask used among the Lega during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. The latter is open to men and women.
The passage of a grade indicated the acquisition of a certain wisdom and individual morality.
Two-tone matte patina, erosions.
Height on base: 56 cm.
Within the Léga, 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 during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in autonomous villages surrounded by palisades, generally on hilltops. The role of leader, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ...


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Tabwa Statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Tabwa Statuette

Masculine statuette bearing the traditional checkerboard scarifications of the clan. Satin orange patina. Slight drying cracks.
The Tabwa ("scarify" and "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, worship their mipasi ancestors thanks to sculptures held by the elders. Simple farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa united around tribal chiefs after having been influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic movement was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues to it.


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Songye statue
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye statue

Ritual statue Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) clad in metal and ornaments. The substances making up the magical charge bishimba were introduced into the cavity of the skull if the abdomen did not have them. Satin brown patina. Minor erosions and cracks.
These protective fetishes intended for homes come in diverse styles in the many chiefdoms of the Songye country. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large copies are the collective property of an entire village, the second ones are for private use.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very ...


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Chokwe mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Chokwe mask

Ex. French collection of African art.
The Tschokwe, in the African art, have a male association, the mukanda, which makes use of about thirty masks for various social purposes and related to the ancestors of which this type of animal mask extended by a basketry hat, placed at the top of the head, the wool hood concealing the face. Coloured cotton fabrics and various small objects were also added. Brown satin patina.
The Tschokwe, of Bantu culture, had settled in eastern Angola, but also in Congo and Zambia. Following various alliances, they mingled with the Lundas who taught them hunting.
Sources: "Chokwe", 5continents, B.Wastiau and "The African Art", Mazenod.


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Wé Wobé Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Wé Wobé Mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Shez the Danes, it is in order to be honored that spirits manifest themselves in the course of dreams. They then indicate the details of the masks to be made. Dan African masks, of varied design, usually perform at very theatrical entertainment parties where women play a leading role. Each mask has a name related to its function. The mask kagle, kaoglé , with triangular reliefs, was displayed in joyful evolutions during which the dancer threw sticks at the audience. The Dans also sculpt, according to the soothsayer's indications, miniature masks on the model of large masks. They are worn in amulets by children. The dark, lustrous patina of the Dan's African masks was obtained by immersion in mud baths. Desication cracks.
Pièce acquired by ...


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Luba statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Luba statue

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This African statue is used by different Luba societies, more generally by members of the Bambuye, Bakasandji, or Batambwe societies. The Mbudye soothsayers also used it. It was a question, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. The face has similarities with the Songye, a large head surmounting a neck extending a bust on which the hands are placed. The stepped hairstyle is typical of the Shankadi, a Luba subgroup. The lower body is concealed by a fabric attached and glued to the legs thanks to a crusty patina of use, slight abrasions of use. According to P. Nooter, these figures, seated or kneeling depending on the case, also represented the diviner's wife, which underlines its importance in ...


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Songye Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

This African mask with an imprecative function, whose large volumes are marked with a network of bleached grooves, would be feminine. To the different areas of this type of mask (including the beard, the costume and the body of the wearer) is attached a particular symbolism: the mouth, for example, would embody the beak of a bird and the fire of the sorcerer. Matt patina, gaps and desication cracks.
Three types of African art "Kifwebe" mask (or mask in Songye) are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or even absent crest , and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). The Songye sculptor had a high status within the bwadi society and also produced various ceremonial objects, but also for daily use, ...


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Dogon Door
African art > Doors, shutters, ladders dogon wood > Dogon Door

African Art Dogon.
Small attic shutter decorated with animal and human motifs carved in bas-relief. Natural matte and velvety patina.
Desication cracks, erosions.
The Nommo, the mythical ancestor, is said to have founded the eight lineages of Dogon and instilled weaving, the art of blacksmithing, and agriculture in their human descendants.
The figures may symbolize previous generations, mythical ancestors, but the owners of the attic are also frequently featured. The motifs present on the doors in Mali, apart from their decorative value, are intended to deter the intruder, whether human or animal, from entering. The locks, like the doors, are cut in wood chosen according to the function of the building in which they will be used. Because each plant is attributed ...


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