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African art - African bronze:

We find in African art a multitude of bronze objects made in the purest animist tradition by the blacksmiths of the village. Nigeria thanks to the kingdoms Benin and Ifé was a big producer of bronze objects. The statues, heads, usual objects in bronze are of a superb invoice thanks to the use of the process of the lost wax which consists in the creation of a massive model in clay. It is covered with a layer of wax by adding metal rods. Then we cover the whole with refractory clay leaving a hole in the upper part. When it is dry, it is heated which melts the wax which is inside, then the bronze is poured. Finally there is only to break the inner clay to recover the bronze object.


Rider Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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Ex-collection French African tribal art.
In African art, Sao Sokoto-inspired works are mostly imprinted with the equestrian world. Within the ethnic group, small copies of riders usually in bronze are melted and worn like talismans, patinated and lustrous by friction. They are seen above all as a remedy to fight possession by evil spirits. The horse represents the spirit of the person who is possessed, while the genius who possesses it is symbolized by the rider. Subjected to successive onslaughts from their neighbours in Kanem and then to hordes from the east, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle in northwestern Cameroon where they mixed with the natives, thus giving birth to an ethnic group called Kotoko.More than an ethnic group, the Sao are a civilization now extinct. ...

Bronze Benin commemorative head
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African art > African bronze > Head Benin

Wearing a seaily that consisted of coral beads, from which laterally protrude from fins, this head with a circular border represents a ruler (oba) of Benin. Symbol of wealth, this coral reserved for kings and digesters of the palace had to be regularly anointed with the blood of the victims in order to acquire a magical power. The lateral appendages named ikekeze protrude from the crown. Golden beige patina.
Famous in benign art, altar heads, symbols of wisdom and receptacles of energy, were cast using the technique of lost wax like other bronzes. Benin art is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as oba. The tradition of Ifè's bronze classroom objects dates back to the 14th century.
The many bronze heads and statues created by the ...

Dogon Horsemen s Cup in Bronze
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African art > African bronze > Dogon Cup

The emblematic cuts of African dogon art
On this figurative cut for ceremonial use, the Hogon, religious leader personified by the rider on his mount, is perched on the lid. The cut is supported by particularly stylized horses. Nommo, a mythical ancestor to which the rider also refers, is a water god who taught humans to weave(Mr. Buratti). Grey-green patina.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, myths and rituals. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Their religious leader, the Hogon, the highest authority of the Dogon people, was parading on his mount at his induction because it was customary ...


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Couple primordial Dogon
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Ex-collection French African art.
The primordial couple Nommos, the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali, is here embodied by these long-legged silouhettes, frozen arms spread out of the bust and legs joined. Red ochre patina. The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. According ...


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Benin altar figure
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The mastery of bronze in African art.

A rebellion in the 18th century would have forced the king, or Oba , Ewuakpe to leave the palace to escape in his native village. His royal crown was replaced by a European helmet. However, he is depicted with his ceremonial sword Eben , seeking to regain his throne. The second object he has would be a lightning stone, in the shape of an axe, symbol of Ogiuwu , god of death and thunder. Black brown patina, golden highlights and grey-green inlays.
The art of Benin is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as oba. The tradition of bronze classroom objects from Ifè dates back to the 14th century. Before the destruction of the palace of the kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of ...


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Tête Ifé Yoruba
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Figurative bronzes in the African art of ancient Yoruba civilizations
The city of Ifé in Nigeria was in the 15th century the center of a powerful forest state west of the Niger Delta. The work of bronze was a prerogative of King "oni", according to the technique of lost wax. These prestigious objects embodying the sovereigns were placed on the royal altars for ceremonial use. This commemorative sculpture in the naturalistic style depicts a royal figure proudly wearing a very crafted helmet. The vertical streaks on his face evoke the traditional scarifications of the ethnic group named after Nigeria's former religious capital, Ifè. This bronze head is inspired by those produced by the sculptors of Ilé-Ifé and testifies to their great skill in the treatment of faces. He is said to have ...


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Horseman talisman Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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Ex-collection French African art.
Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture is, for the Sao, a talisman supposed to protect them from madness. It is therefore worn at all times. The genius who would possess the madman is represented by the rider, the horse appearing the victim. This rider wearing a cheche rides an equine that was a rare attribute of prestige in these regions of the Sahel. The Sao, ancestors of the Kotokos, were established between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area stretching along the borders between Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria. They settled on hills, allowing them to repel the invaders. Subjected to successive onslaughts from their neighbours in Kanem and then to hordes from the east, the Sao had to ...

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Ogboni/Osugbo Yoruba emblem
African art > African Statues > Ogboni emblem

This bronze figurine, with prominent features, was worn as a pendant around the neck by members of the Ogboni society. It was usually accompanied, connected by a chain, by a similar figure of the opposite sex, forming the Edan . Greenish-brown crusty patina, rusty inlays.
The Ogboni/Ogoni people are spread over a small area of the Gulf of Guinea, east of the city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Like other peoples in the Gulf of Guinea, the Ogonis have an internal political structure run by leaders. They are among the peoples who escaped the black trade during the slave era thanks to relative geographical isolation.

The secret society Ogboni or Oshugbo is one of the most famous religious societies that worship the Owner of the Earth, Onilè , and it is still powerful today. ...


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Bracelet / Primitive Benin Currency
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Steffen Patzwahl Collection.
African craftsmen and bracelets The state of Benin developed in southern Nigeria until the end of the 19th century, when the production of copper alloy ceremonial objects reinforced the divine character of the sovereign. Igueghae , a craftsman from Ifé, was commissioned to court Benin in the 14th century to teach the technique of cast iron with lost wax. The objects were made of brass (copper and zinc), more rarely bronze (copper and tin), extracted from the Bauchi mines in Nigeria, but also from the copper trade from the Maghreb. In the 15th century Europeans also imported metal in the form of shackles, which also became bargaining chips. (Laure Meyer) This adornment was a wedding bracelet that was part of the dowry. A chisel composed of fine linear and ...

Pair of rider Sao Sokoto in bronze
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
More than an ethnic group, the Sao are a civilization that has now disappeared. Archaeological discoveries bear witness to a highly materially lavish civilization. Very well known for their bronze riders, there is a variant, the camel. An essential animal of the desert plains. Nothing is realistic in this figurine, everything must be understood symbolically. Among the Kotokos of Chad, it was intended for a cult of possession. According to Luc de Heusch, possession is one of the modes of approach to the sacred by means of bodily techniques leading to ecstasy". It can be interpreted as the intrusion into a man or woman of a spirit in search of a servant. A priest or soothsayer will have to intervene to help the possessed to suffer the daily presence ...

Primary couple Dogon in bronze
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African art > African bronze > Statues Dogon

Ex-collection French African art.
Posture of contrition for this primordial couple evoking the Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. The graceful, smooth-surfaced bodies are frozen with arms outstretched along the bust and parallel legs. Only the small, lanky knees protrude. Green grey skate, rust inlays. The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon ...

Head Queen Mother Benin Uhumnwun elao
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African art > African bronze > Head Benin

The African art of Benin is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as Oba. The tradition of bronze classroom objects from the Benin Kingdom dates back to the 14th century. The many bronze alloy heads and statues created by the artists of Benin were reserved for the exclusive use of the inhabitants of the royal palace and, more often than not, placed on altars consecrated by each new Oba. These rectangular altars were surmounted by heads, statues, carved ivory tusks, bells and sticks. They were used to commemorate an oba and to get in touch with his spirit. This late sculpture, which was made on the death of the Queen, depicts a queen mother of Benin named the Iyoba , whose neck is surrounded by multiple necklaces of coral beads. Her high curved ...

Leopard figure Benin
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African art > African bronze > Bronze Leopard

The leopard, depicting the royal power, has a central place in the culture of the benign kingdom because this animal appears in the founding myth of which King Ewuare is the hero. According to legend, he wakes up after spending a night next to a leopard and a snake without realizing it. As in other cosmogonies, animals are the manifestation or even the embodiment of supernatural forces. Being spared by these predators is therefore a sign of a divine blessing. Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba , was illustrated by numerous works celebrating their power. War scenes were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chiefs, heavy ...


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Dogon statues
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These graceful filiform silhouettes evoke the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they sport a tense neck, supporting a chin raised horizontally, looking towards the horizon. These bronze statues are hammered with a succession of notches. Copper brown patina.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and ...


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Couple of bronze Dogon statues
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Silhouettes of longiform African art, tribal-inspired, standing on a pedestal. These African statues Dogon, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Recalling also the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in the position of invocation, arms raised to the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Skate with grey-green reflections for one, warmer reflections for the second.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the ...

Pair of Benin leopards
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The palatial tribal art of Benin.
Symbols of the Oba, these naturalistic zoomorphic figures, with neat details, form a majestic pair where leopards with slender bodies are depicted on alert, roaring. The tail coming back to rest on the neckline forms a graceful curve. The surface of the metal is printed with lozenges evoking ocelles. Grey-green oxidations. Slight gaps.
Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba, was illustrated by multiple works celebrating their power. War scenes were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chiefs, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of smelters ...


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Couple of large leopards Benin Bini Edo
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Bronze in the African art of the Benin Kingdom
Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of kings, the Oba , was illustrated by multiple works celebrating their power. War scenes glorifying them were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chefs, majestic felines, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of smelters according to the technique of cast iron with lost wax. The killing of the king of animals associated with the legends, the leopard, was the privilege of the chief, the Oba. The feline could then serve as an offering for the worship of the chief's head. Sometimes tamed by various royal guilds, he ...

Tête Ifé Oni
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In African art, the artistic current of which these sculptures belong is named after the ancient religious capital of Nigeria, Ifè, one of the many city-states established by the Yoruba.This civilization succeeded the Nok civilization. This city-state of Ilé-Ifé, whose growth culminated from the 12th to the 15th century, had an artistic tradition of realistic royal portraits, bronze and terracotta funerary effigies. The parallel folds drawn on the neck would evoke the folds of flesh of the prosperous notables, and the hollowed-out parts that accompany it were to be used to secure the king's beaded veil. The parallel lines of the face are traditional scarifications. The holes around the mouth likely symbolized a beard created by the insertion of hair or beads.
The bronze heads were ...


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Couple primordial Dogon
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These figures represented in an attitude of contrition embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. The graceful bodies are frozen with arms outstretched along the bust and legs at the knees, parallel.
Grey green patina, rust inlays. The leg of a statue is embossed at the knee.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon ...


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Bronze Dogon Couple
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African art > African bronze > Couple Dogon

Invocation attitude for these bronze figures Dogon, hammered with notches, frozen arms raised to the sky. Green skate, rust inlays. The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. According to some historians, the Dogons fled from an area west of their present location as a result of an assault. ...


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Primary couple Dogon in bronze
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These alt-like figures embody the primordial couple Nommos behind the creation of the Dogon of Mali. Evoking Giacometti's sculptures, these bronze statues are frozen in a marching motion. A succession of notches punctuate the graceful bodies. Skate with green reflections of grey. The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), ...





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