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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.


Bronze Prestige StoolTikar
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African art > African Chair > Bronze Prestige StoolTikar

Attesting to the social origin of the owner, the African chair is an object intended to enhance its prestige. It is therefore often decorated in its middle part with anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figures in relation to the founding myths and beliefs of the ethnic group. The copy presented consists of a work with a ring on which five long-form caryatid figures, perched on heads, support with their raised arms a circular seat. This upper part is engraved with regular concentric patterns and broken lines. The characters with the filiform body present a voluminous head typical of Cameroonian statuary.
The Tikars inhabit the western part of central Cameroon which lies within the medium-altitude secondary dense forest along the Mbam. Within this ecotone, the 'tikar plaine' (which takes ...


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Lukasa Luba mnemonic board
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This slightly curved tablet is surmounted by a protective effigy supposed to embody an ancestor communicating with the guardian spirits, 'mvidye', intermediate between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature among the Luba of Kasai. The motifs engraved on the tray, and especially here a hunting scene, are linked to a mnemonic proverb or code associated with the myths, origins and precepts of Luba royalty. This object allowed followers of the Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of the clan's migrations, etc.
Nene brown velvety matte, slightly abraded areas. Height on pedestal: 36cm
Shest the Luba, the king, mulopwe, occupied the highest place in a ...


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Primitive Idoma currency
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This primitive African currency takes the form of a flared blade that extends from a flat handle. Its surface is hammered with notches forming a regular relief. The lower base, pointed, could be stuck in the ground. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. The transactions were made by means of cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, especially for dowries, but could also be parade objects or jet weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued in relation to iron bars named barriferri. The king generally controlled the production or the conveyance of the currency of the kingdom. The variety of these metal forms is wide, and these sometimes ...


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Timba Baga Drum
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The Baga live along the Atlantic coast of the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. They are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Guinea, and have lived relatively isolated from their neighbours because of the vast swamps that surround them. They have, however, left a vast artistic legacy, which includes crests, figurative sculptures, masks, and everyday objects such as musical instruments.
This drum named timba, and matimbo in neighbouring groups, was played during the initiation ceremonies of the members of the association A-Tekan , on the occasion of the funeral of its members or for the wedding of their daughters . It is by its size that this drum differs from the other drums used in the A-Tekan, which requires its user to stand to play the instrument. He also intervened during ...


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Kifwebe Songye Ngabo Shield
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Ancient shield used by the company bwadi ka bifwebe , whose sculpted motif shows the mask Kifwebe . These shields were symbolically hung from the walls of the mask storage box called kiobo . Mate velvety patina. Abrasions.
Thirst variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this copy, during the most important ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled ...


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Yaka Fly Hunt
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Prestigious objects in African art Yaka
Among the feasts, ritual sculptures and ceremonial objects, belonging to a chef or a soothsayer, this fly-hunt with a carved handle is associated with the prestige of authority. It has a thin belt braided with vegetable fibers. The tuft of hair is held at the handle thanks to cleverly intertwined wicker rods. Shard on the ringed section. Satin patina.
Aerarchic and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is found ...


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Kasai s Shoowa woven panel
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or 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. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...


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Dignitary cane Kibango Luba
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Among the emblems of prestige this type of scepter of luba dignitary. He was grounded at inauguration ceremonies and other important rituals. True sources of information about their owners and local history, the sceptres have a varied iconography. The wide part at the top, the dibulu, under the sculpted female figure referring to royalty, represents the administrative centre of each royal capital and bears motifs engraved with parallel lines forming diamonds. These drawings can be found on the mnemonic boards lukasa referring to Luba's political and spiritual history. The cane is divided into several sections engraved with geometric patterns meant to evoke the uninhabited savannahs and roads leading to the kingdom or the chiefdom. Incarnate deceased parents bakishi or spirits bavidye , ...


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Kota membrane drum
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The footing of this tam-tam Kota, which accompanied the ritual dances, is composed of two curved supports and two miniature reliquary figures, caryatids resting on a ring. These abstract effigies embodying the ancestors, named ngulu, surmounted the baskets bwed in which the relics of the ancients of high lineage were kept. The membrane of the drum, fixed by large wooden pegs around which raffia cords are stretched, returns largely to the sound box. Friezes of contrasting patterns animate the surface. The guardian effigies of reliquary were recorded in the baskets in which the bones and relics of the ancestors were inserted. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries ...


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Pilon de divination Luba Kalundwe Lubuko
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The soothsayers of the western part of the Luba Empire used drumsticks to crush the kaolin mpemba stined at divination ceremonies. This cephalomorphic sculpture called lubuko features finely sculpted features under a shaving forehead and a hairstyle composed of multiple buns. The lower end forming a wider base is wrapped in skin surrounded by copper wire. Patina lustrous by gripping. Desication cracks.
The cups mboko, gourds containing the kaolin whose face of the soothsayer and initiates was coated, formed an image of purity and the 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 and the ...

Sickle Knife Byongi Ekonda, Konda
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Parade knife with a curved blade, engraved with diamonds and chiseled with hooked prominences, extended by a wooden handle.
The Mongo group living in northwestern Congo, is renowned for its costumes, weapons, and metal jewelry, not for its almost non-existent statuary. The Konda who used this type of prestige weapons in ceremonies form one of the tribes of the group.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using currants, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive coins were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from parade objects or jet weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars named barriferri . In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon ...


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Kuba Shoowa Velvet from Kasai
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or 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. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...

Pipe anthropomoprhe Mangbetu
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Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The body lines on the characters, like those of the face, include the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on ...


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Pende Stick
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Ex-collection Belgian African Art The Western Pende live on the banks of Kwilu, while the Orientals settled on the banks of Kasaï downstream of Tshikapa.

The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted themselves on their large tribal art sculpture, and within this diversity the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc ... The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent for their part the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, rituals of initiation and of circumcision mukanda, enthronement of the chief Source: ...


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Luba ceremonial axe
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Weapons of dignitaries in African art
Hache des Luba central, associated with the prestige of the leader, and whose blade is finely incised with parallel lines.
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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Sword Ekonda, Konda of Congo
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Finely chiseled blade extended with a wooden handle surrounded by thin strips of metal.
The Mongo group living in northwestern Congo, is renowned for its costumes, weapons, and metal jewelry, not for its almost non-existent statuary. The Konda who used this type of short swords form one of the tribes of the group.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using currants, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive coins were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from parade objects or jet weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars named barriferri . In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon the African observed that people used iron to pay for ...


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Short sword Salampasu Mpuku
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Various fraternities 'mungongo' trained the initiates in the salampasu society. The prestige of a man depended on the number and cost of his initiations. To top off the period of ciconcision, the boys received a sword mpuku they then wore during the masked ceremonies.
Shunting and farming, warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south of the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east of Kete and Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden masks kasangu and copper-covered masks mukinka , was associated with the society of warriors mungongo (pl. bangongo). The wearing of these masks depended on a large contribution of livestock, ...

Hemba Command Stick
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This scepter has different sculpted sections forming an iconographic language relating to the history of the ancestor or that of his clan, such as the kibangos of the Lubas. The dominant central subject, appearing in a round-bump above the janus head, represents a singiti. Dark brown satin patina. Erosions.
The Hemba, established in southeastern Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the luba neighbour who had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central to the society hemba. 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 ...


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Sword launches Kuba
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This tribal weapon consists of a manly wooden handle extending with a harpoon blade. The handle is carved with diamond motifs organized into different friezes characteristic of the kuba groups.
The Kuba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, made up of the tribes Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kee, etc., established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, stood out for their royal, sophisticated art, of great variety. For the past century, this creative people has provided many remarkable pieces to museums and collectors in Europe and America. The Kuba are made up of eighteen groups, including the dominant Bushoong who were in the 16th century at the origin of the Kuba kingdom ruled by the Nyim king. Each clan has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious objects, masks, ...


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 Bamileke /Juju Hat
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The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. This prestigious African adornment, worn by the notables, has white feathers. It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the Kuosi society, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, a fabric fabric, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, the ...


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Spoon Dan anthropomorphic
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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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