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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.


Bamana awale game, Bambara
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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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Friction Oracle Itombwa Kuba
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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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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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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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Scepter Teké Buti
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African art > Usual african items > Sceptre Teke

Ex-German African art collection.
This command stick consists of two statuettes with a quadrangular abdomen in which magic substances (bilongo) were introduced. A mirror seals these abdominal cavities. Traditional scarifications, in parallel grooves (mabina) cover the faces. Playing a couple of powerful characters, warriors, ngangas, hunter emeritus, or ancestors, these figures are receptacles of spirits charged with fighting witchcraft, disease, etc. Mate patina, slight loclaized erosions. Established between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, the Teké were organized as chiefdoms, the leader of which was often chosen among the blacksmiths. The head of the family, mfumu , had the right to life or death over his family whose importance determined his ...


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Lock Bambara
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African art > African Lock > Lock Bambara

"Bambara African Art"

Targette Bambara consists of two pieces arranged in a cross, the chest, vertical, and the transom, horizontal and provided with a hollow in which will be inserted the key. A stylized face, at the top, resting on a triangular neck, is framed by two high horns, the cross is also reinforced with a metal part in the sliding lower part. Finish grids are incised on the object and allude to values ​​and belief Bambara would represent the creative waters and the four cardinal points. The locks, generally belonging to women and symbolizing the union of two people, can be offered to them by their husbands on the occasion of a birth or to celebrate the installation of the wife at her husband's house. This is therefore personal property that can be passed on to ...


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Etoffe Ncak nsueha Bushoong
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Prestigious fabrics among the objects of African art Kuba
Products 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 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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Bakota Reliquary Keeper
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African art > African Reliquary > Kota Reliquary

Ex-collection French African art.
The Kota of the Sebe Valley, located in Gabon but also in Congo, produced this type of sculpture that played the role of "medium" between the living and the dead and continued to watch over their descendants. They are sometimes bifaces, mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect.
This type of coin was used in the preservation of mortuary remains of high-lineage ancestors in baskets topped with very specific sculptures, which played the role of guardians of the relics named ngulu. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota, these ...


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Gouro loom
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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.
The cotton weaving technique has spread to West Africa thanks to the displacements of the Dioulas. Prior to colonization, cotton-fibre textiles, the latter described as " white gold", were also used as a bargaining chip. Prestigious adornments, the woven ceremonial loincloths, sometimes in large numbers, accompanied the chefs in their tomb, among the Kuba, but also among the Baoulé.
This smooth pulley stirrup represents a bat, whose behavior evokes, for the Gouro, the occult world and divination in particular, its bones being used in ...


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Baule comb, Baoulé
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Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed the cults and masks. The basic unit is lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious.
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. A refined accessory, the comb is an essential tool for shaping the sumptuous crépée and tattooed hairstyles of Baoulé men and women. Here he wears five teeth, and his sleeve is embellished with engraved motifs similar to those engraved on the masks of the ethnic group. Ref. In: ...


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Large cut Kuba Lele cephalomorph
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Among the prestigious objects, this palm wine cup whose handles are made up of the braids of the hairstyle of the carved effigy also has an anthropomorphic posterior handle. The flared base of the object is formed from the neck. The sculpted face has similarities with the features of large royal masks, Kuba. Checkerboard and diamond engravings complete the ornamentation. Patine mate abrasée.br-The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs, including cups, drinking horns and cups. The Lele are established to the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers.The intercultural exchanges between the Bushoongs of Kuba ...


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Chokwe Hunting Whistle
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African art > Usual african items > Chokwe Whistle

A common object but also a ceremonial object, he accompanied the Chokwe who wore it as a pendant, sometimes over several generations, which helped to polish its surface. The sculpted head depicts a head wearing the crown chipangula. Two small side holes have been fitted out for sound.
Played together, whistles, produced in large numbers, were used not only during the dance but also in hunting to call the dogs but also to war. Thanks to the few sounds they made, information was exchanged from one place to another.
Peacefully 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 Chokwes never fully embraced these new social and political ...


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Lobi Stool
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Stools and neckrests are famous pieces in African art. Indeed, their design can vary greatly depending on the regions and ethnic groups from which they come. This piece is, like the general look conveyed in the lobi statuary, simple and solid design. The slightly curved seat is supported by four feet. The patina is clear and worn on the friction areas. The Lobi are a famous people of Burkina Faso, especially for its particular statues named Bateba, represented arms spread or raised to the sky and intended to protect the home or the village at the entrance of which they are placed.


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Yoruba Zoomorphic Offering Cup
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Votive offering cups for the god of divination Orunmila usually contained kola nuts or other special presents. It comes in the form of a gallinace, a sacrificial victim of use for the gods, also symbolizing the occult universe, divination. The Yoruba also visualize the world in the form of a gourd whose upper, masculine part would form the sky, and the lower part, feminine, the earth. The matte polychromy that emphasizes its geometric patterns is divided between browns, burgundy and beige kaolin. The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While men's society egbe reinforces social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called esusu. Offering cups, some of which were ...





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