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African everyday objects have become true works of art for Westerners. Used for ritual, ceremonial, or purely customary purposes on the African continent. They have never known the European artistic attraction, within the African population.


Plateau de divination Yoruba
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African art > Usual african items > Plateau Yoruba

Supports of the ritualist named babalawo (or Babalao, or Babaal-wo, pronounced Baba-a-l'wo), priest of Ifa, in the Yoruba language, these trays exist in three forms, including the circular ( opon ribiti) such as this copy. They are intended for ifa, a system of divination that represents the teachings of the orisha Orunmila, orisha of Wisdom. The babalawo claim to be securing the future through their communication with Orunmila. In Yoruba thought in Nigeria, orishas form a variety of divine spirits controlling natural forces. They are found mainly in Yoruba cosmogony but more widely in East West Africa in the diasporas of Central and South America. The center of the tray, aarin opon , forms a picture in which the dust of wood allows the soothsayer to trace the solutions to his client's ...

Sceptre Zombo/ Nkanu
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African art > African Statues > Sceptre Nkanu

Among the Yaka, Eastern Kongo, Nkanu and Zombo, the sound of the drum covered the moans of circumcision, drove out malevolent spirits, and encouraged future initiates. This scepter is sculpted from a tambourine figure, the eyes are surrounded by deep orbits and the nose slightly upturned. Break can't be seen on one leg. Glossy patina, red ochre residue.
High on a base: 35 cm.
Voisins of the Yaka and Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their soothsayers use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, but the ceremonies associated with the initiation rites stem from Yaka traditions. Fetish sculptures are used by ngangas to protect against evil, heal or cause luck, wealth and fertility. Their art is very similar to that ...


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Dan / Krou loom pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Etrier Baule

Everyday aesthetics for African art in Côte d'Ivoire.
In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors. For the Dan of Côte d'Ivoire, also called Yacouba, two distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants, its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that populate it. For these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and still preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits.
The cotton weaving technique has spread to West Africa thanks to the displacements of the Dioulas. ...


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Sceptre cavalier Yoruba
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African art > Usual african items > Statue Yoruba

A rider figure, sculpted in a round-bump, overcomes the stick of this ritual scepter. It glorifies a deified ancestor. Equid, rare in the region, was also an attribute of prestige reserved for the nobility and rulers. The mount has different proportions than the rider. The horse perched on a pedestal has a small size. Focused on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the religion yoruba relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. Crusty skate. Use of burgundy red pigments. The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name Nago. They are ...


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Dinka tripod back
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African art > Head rest > Dinka neck support

Utilitarian objects in African art
Resting on three oblique feet this zoomorphic-looking African neck support symbolically evoking cattle has a gently curved oblong seat. Oiled brown patina. This prestigious object was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, also indicated its social status, but was also used as a stool. Some, with handles, accompanied individuals during their movements.
Dealy was collected about these nomadic inhabitants of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes have been virtually exterminated by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade. Organized around livestock farming, these ethnic groups considered the possession of cows and herds, and therefore of milk and meat, as a mark of social prestige. "The Tribal Art of Black ...


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Oracle De Divination Katatora Kashekesheke Songye
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African art > Usual african items > Oracle Songye

Among the divination tools used by the nganga, this anthropomorphic sculpture evoking the famous fetishes, here surmounted by two heads, was clinging by the central arch to slide back and forth in response to questions posed to ancestors. The impulse of the movement, aroused by the spirits, was supposed to make the consultant discover the source of his problems in order to bring a solution. The Luba, linked to the Songye through common ancestors, also used these types of objects as part of their divination ceremonies.
The Songye has produced a wide variety of fetishes and talismans boanga in order to protect against any kind of misfortune and to assure them in this way wealth, health and fertility. These sculptures were generally accessorized with metal and loaded with ritual ...


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Bamana awale game, Bambara
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African art > Usual african items > Bambara Awale

This item of the famous African game Awalé (or mancala, or my kpon) presents here a cephalomorphic head with acute features. Twelve holes are laid out and two larger ones are dug at the ends. We played with nuclei, seeds, pebbles or shells. Its surface reveals the herminette strokes of the sculptor Bambara. Frequent manipulations have satin the honey patina of the sculpture. The previous owner chose to place it vertically on a pedestal. Acquired by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay Group, who began to collect a vast collection of African tribal art 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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Grelot Hemba / Luba
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African art > Usual african items > Grelot Hemba

Ritual object used during divination sessions, consisting of two small, superimposed gourds topped with a female figure. The latter, kneeling, has a hollowed-out gourd in the cup. Seeds have been introduced into the dried fruit, producing a sound when the object is shaken.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighbouring Luba empire, which has had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors is central to hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of the privileges and distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, they are considered to have an influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. Mastering sculpture with talent, the Hemba have mostly produced statues of ancestors ...


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Spoon Dan anthropomorphic
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African art > Usual african items > Spoon Dan

Ex-collection French tribal art.
The usual objects in African art. A figurative sculpture whose anthropomorphic handle depicts a female naked body in a dynamic attitude evoking a dance movement. It relies on legs with vigorous muscles, spread and semi-flexed, carried by digitized feet. Traditional scarifications are written in the ears. The column bust has an umbilical ledge. Grainy, sainy skate. Slight cracks around the edge of the spoon.
The tribal art of the dan also produces objects for everyday use, including the famous carved wooden spoons, Wakémia , used in festive ceremonies, and granted by the villagers to a particularly generous and hospitable woman. The woman will use it to serve the meal and will gladly brandish it at the Hospital Woman's ". For the Dan of Côte ...


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Senoufo pulley
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African art > Usual african items > Etrier Senoufo

African tribal art and decorative pulleys of Senoufo looms
This pulley of smooth cephalomorphis is adorned with janiform faces with a conical crest rising from a long ringed neck. The walls are engraved with geometric patterns. The dark brown patina is grainy and lustrous by the ritual anointings based on oil.
Mainly farmers, the Senoufo group lives in a savannah region that covers southern Mali and Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d'Ivoire. It encompasses about 50 sub-ethnic groups. SSenoufo speak a Voltaic language Gur, Gur, like the Lobi and The Koulango. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo . Each has its own associationPoro which ...


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Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba
African art > Usual african items > Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba

Former Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.

Itombwa oracles are mostly in the form of an elongated animal with a wooden pusher held by a rope on its back. This small wooden element was rubbed on the animal's back during divination rituals.
The room was held by the tail, facing the interlocutor. The pusher's movements or abrupt stops attested to the veracity of the pusher's words and allowed the soothsayer to interpret these signs.
Apart from their usefulness as lie detectors, The Itombwa oracles were also used to detect diseases.


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Horse-headed cane Bamana du Koré
African art > Usual african items > Bambara Cane

A ritual instrument used in the fourth iniatic section of the Koré des Bamana society, Bambara, this cane is named, like the horse mask, Kore Duga or the vautour du Kore.
The name of the mask refers to the satirical behaviour of the dancer-buffoon who rides the stick during his performance. It has various objects associated with the knowledge provided by the Koré, the last initiation society of the Bamana.
The handle sculpted in the shape of a horse's head was then plated with metal sheets. A decorative linear nailing attaches the ornaments to the wood. The hair also simulates a hair. The lower end is sheathed with leather and ends in a fibre top.
Dark brownpatine.


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Nshak Etoffe, Ncak Bushoong
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African art > African Textile > Etoffe Nshak

Prestigious fabrics among the objects of African art KubaProduce d'in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real first art paintings, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometric patterns formed represent the bodily scarifications of the ethnic group or take over the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. They in many cases took value of money, or also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the weaving technique to the Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who softened the fibers of young ...


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Ceremonial spoon Mangbetu
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African art > Spoon > Spoon Mangbetu

The mangbetu's ceremonial objects have a wide variety, such as this prestigious spoon whose anthropomorphic handle borrows the silhouette of a woman wearing traditional body motifs, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, evolving according to the circumstances. She also wears the famous headdress that resulted from compression by raffia ties of the cranial box from an early age. The hair was later \


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Kongo comb
African art > Usual african items > Peinge Congo

This prestigious comb with a feminine patterned handle was used to shape the braided hairstyles of its owner. This type of hair adornment was patiently developed around a structure, which required long hours. The figurative combs, containing figures and motifs associated with the cosmos and the myths of the clan, are indeed widespread throughout West and Central Africa, where the art of styling takes on its full meaning. These ceremonial hairstyles, or more simply those of everyday life, highlight the head, the seat of intelligence, wisdom and meditation.
Smooth-used patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Dondo/Kamba, the Yombé and the Kongo constituted the Kongo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th ...


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Tutsi Rwanda milk pot
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African art > African Jar > Pot Tutsi

The usual East African container, elongated in shape, thin walls and without a lid, designed by a nomadic people. The latter was particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurrent infighting. Population groups called "Bantous interlacustres", located between Lake Victoria and the Limpopo River, include the Ganda, Nyoro, Nkole, Soga, Toro, Hima, and the Tutsi Rwanda and Burundi. Their cultures have similarities, as do their artistic production and their everyday objects. The Tutsi raise cattle. They also excel in the art of weaving and basket making. This utilitarian object has polished walls and a surface with usage impacts. Decorative restorations using shards of incised metal.
Medium brown satin patina.


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Double Bamileke Ritual Bell
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African art > Usual african items > Bamileke Currency

Weapons, jewelry, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths of many African cultures, such as blacksmiths turned kings (Zaire), the anvil hammer being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, the metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. This double gong, in its simplicity, was a sacred instrument and the emblem of one of the many male societies of the peoples of Grassland, the Kwifoyn, whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden rods on hollow metal announced the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also prestigious objects, they accompanied the respect due to ...

Plateau de divination Opon Ifa Yoruba
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African art > Usual african items > Plateau Ifa

Supports of the ritualist named babalawo (or Babalao, or Babaal-wo, pronounced Baba-a-lawo), priest of Ifa, in Yoruba language, these trays exist in three forms, including the circular ( opon ribiti ) such as this copy. They are intended for Ifa, a system of divination that represents the teachings of the Orisha Orunmila, orisha of Wisdom. The babalawo claim to be securing the future through their communication with Orunmila. In Yoruba thinking in Nigeria, orishas form a variety of divine spirits controlling natural forces. They are found mainly in Yoruba cosmogony but more broadly in East West Africa in the diasporas of Central and South America. The center of the tray, aarin opon , forms a picture in which the dust of the wood allows the soothsayer to trace the solutions to his ...

Mossi Stool
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African art > Usual african items > Mossi Stool

The seats are among the most popular African works of art, a common object, but also a symbol of the power of those who possess it, whether they are intended for everyday, exceptional or official use, the seats, for example. "incredible diversity of their form, attest to the existence of a plurality of styles and aesthetics. The most important element of African furniture is undoubtedly the seat, linked to the social rank of its owner. travelers of the seventeenth and eighteenth century indicate that when a chief moved, his seat followed him, carried by a servant. African objects L. Meyer Old tripod monodyled stool, with eroded and desiccated wood.


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Great Luba Water Pipe
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African art > Usual african items > Pipe Luba

The object here-versus uses a water pipe. Its sculpted handle takes the form of a medium female figure, with classic Luba features, sporting traditional body scarifications, sitting qualifourchon on the head of the piece. Her hairstyle, behind a large headband delimiting a shaved forehead, evokes those of luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. His gesture symbolizes the power of Luba women, holders of the secrets of royalty (the bizila) and non-uniform, satin-like, brown spiritual mediums.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) 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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Luluwa neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luluwa neck support

The flat, gently curved extension of the character's hairstyle forms the tray of our tribal neck support. The sculptor ingeniously counterbalanced this surprising asymmetry by endorsing the human figure, central, with oversized feet. Mahogany brown patina, polished, sained.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Bena Lulua , from West Africa, have settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using ...


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