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In African art, one finds a multitude of bronze objects made in the purest animist tradition by the village blacksmiths. Nigeria, thanks to the Benin and Ife kingdoms, was a major producer of bronze objects. The statues, heads and everyday objects made of bronze are of superb workmanship thanks to the use of the lost wax process which consists of creating a massive model in clay. This is covered with a layer of wax and metal rods are added. 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 inside, and then the bronze is poured in. Finally there is only to break the clay inside to recover the bronze object.


Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Sao bronze

In African art, Sao Sokoto inspired works are mostly marked by the equestrian world. Within the ethnic group, small examples of horsemen, generally in bronze, are cast and worn as talismans, patinated and polished by rubbing. They are considered above all as a remedy against possession by evil spirits. The horse represents the spirit of the person who is possessed, while the genie that possesses them is symbolized by the rider.
Subjected to successive assaults by their neighbors from Kanem and then by hordes from the East, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle in the northwest of 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 that has now disappeared. They were ...


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Bronze Ifé commemorative head
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Head Yoruba

It represents the Oni, king of Ifé city cradle of the Yorubas, with its crown on its head, a cone overlooking it. Today, the king of Ifé wears a similar function badge, formed of a vertical segment braided and finished at the top by a sharp bulge. Such a head was attached to the top of a wooden effigy, dressed, to represent the late king at the funeral, and then buried after the ceremony in a shrine near the palace.
The city of Ife in Nigeria was in the 15th century the centre of a powerful forest state in the western Niger Delta. The work of bronze was a prerogative of the king,'s time, according to the technique of lost wax. These prestigious objects embodying the sovereigns were placed on the royal altars for ceremonial use. It is said to be a craftsman of Ilé-Ifé who would have ...

Bamoun Mgba-Mgba induction necklace
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bamoun Bronze

The African art of the Bamoun, and the regalia, emblems of prestige associated with sovereignty.
This Bamoun dignitary necklace, or Bamoum, is adorned with 12 buffalo heads arranged on a metal hoop. This iconography symbolizes values of combativeness and tenacity. When they sit, the members of the council of the court of the Sultan Bamoun wear this distinctive ornament of their function,the mbangba, "mgba-mgba", which they believe helps to strengthen their prestige and keep away any evil power. Among the Bamoun, it is the fon , the head of the kingdom or chiefdom, who will offer this necklace to deserving men.

The Bamoun inhabit a region that is both full of wooded relief but also savannah. This large territory called Grassland located in the southwest of Cameroon ...


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Bronze bust Mambila
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Mambila

This bronze sculpture evokes the monoliths, architectural stone constructions, of the Cameroonian Grasslands region. These commemorative stelae were made primarily for religious and funerary purposes. It is also reminiscent, in its form and decorative motifs related to tribal ritual markings, of the atals of the Bakor, and Ekoi, from the neighboring Grasslands regions around the Cross River in Nigeria. The bronze depicts a figure, ancestor or mythical hero, wearing a notable headdress. The representation of the protruding umbilicus insists on the filiation. Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in the northwest of Cameroon, have produced a large number of ...


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Bronze Benin dwarf figure
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Benin

Dressed in a loincloth, sporting necklaces of coral beads, the figure depicted realistically offers an imposing head in which the eyes appear blind. Satin black patina.
In African art, Benin art is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as Oba.
The dwarves of the king's entourage, which appeared in the 15th century, were intended not only for diversion, but also for surveillance. Occult gifts were indeed given to them. According to Fagg, these characters were also acrobats and illusionists. Their bronze figures were to adorn the altars of the ancestors.

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 codified works celebrating their ...


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Bronze Dogon Box
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Dogon

Ex-collection of French African art.

The frequent representations of horsemen in the African art of the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and complex religious myths. One of the Nommos, ancestors of mankind, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended to earth carried by an ark transformed into a horse. The walls are decorated with allegorical decorative motifs, such as friezes of wavelets and leaf patterns. The whole has a golden brown patina.
(Dogon, Huib Blom) The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged to study in depth the rites of this population established in the cliffs region of Bandiagara. The Dogon would be composed of several peoples who had found refuge there following repeated droughts or invasions. This work was then ...


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Cavalier Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Horseman Sao

Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture constitutes, for the Sao, a talisman supposed to protect them from madness. It is therefore worn permanently. The genius who would possess the madman is represented by the rider, the horse representing the victim. The rider wearing a goat's head is riding an equine which was a rare attribute of prestige in these regions of the Sahel. Golden brown patina.
The Sao, ancestors of the Kotoko, 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, which enabled them to repel invaders. Subjected to successive assaults from their neighbors in Kanem and then to hordes from the East, the ...

Leopard figure Benin
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Benin

Before the destruction of the palace of the Benin kingdom in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba, was illustrated by multiple works celebrating their power. War scenes were reproduced on narrative plaques, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chiefs, heavy bracelets, anklets and recades were produced in quantity in numerous workshops of founders according to the technique of the lost wax casting. The leopard, representing the royal power, has a central place in the culture of the Benin kingdom because this animal appears in the founding myth of which King Ewuare is the hero. According to the legend, King Ewuare wakes up after spending a night next to a leopard and a snake without realizing it. As in other ...


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Dogon pirogue
African art > African pirogue > Dogon pirogue

Boat of mythical beings, Nommos linked to the Dogon's complex legends and beliefs. The animal motifs also refer to the animals of creation. Rusty brown patina. The Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor gifted with the ability to manifest himself in human or animal form. The Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the region of the interior delta of the Niger, copper reaching it thanks to ...


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Bronze Dogon Pirogue
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Dogon

The work of bronze and the Dogons in African art
br>This bronze sculpture features a crew composed of mythical beings, the Nommos, linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. The Namo founded the eight dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the art of forging, and agriculture in their human descendants. This protective ancestor evoked in different forms in Dogon iconography would be endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form. Skate vert-de-gris.br />Gon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. 'Masters of Fire' associated in dogon cosmogony with primordial beings Nommo created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the ...


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Horseman Dogon in bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Dogon Bronze

This statuette would represent the Hogon, who rode without a saddle. Grey-green patina. The frequent representations of horsemen among the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of the men, resuscitated by the creator god Amma, came down on the earth carried by an ark metamorphosed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious chief named Hogon, paraded on his horse during his enthronement because according to the custom he should not put his foot on the ground. In the region of the Sangha cliffs, inaccessible by horse, the priests carried him, neighing in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo. The Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931, led by Marcel Griaule, was charged with ...


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Bronze bust Mambila
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Mambila

This bronze sculpture evokes the monoliths, architectural stone constructions, of the Cameroonian Grasslands region. These commemorative steles were made for religious and funerary purposes. It is also reminiscent, in form and decorative motifs related to tribal ritual markings, of the atals of the Bakor, and Ekoi, of the neighboring Grasslands regions around the Cross River in Nigeria. The bronze depicts a figure, ancestor or mythical hero, carrying his hands under his mouth, similar to carved tadep figures of the Mambila.
Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, have produced a large number of masks and statues easily ...


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Statues of the primordial couple Dogon
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronzes Dogon

These haughty figures embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Evoking the sculptures of Giacometti, these bronze statues are frozen in a walking movement. A succession of notches punctuate the graceful bodies. Brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their 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). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different ...

Figure of the primordial couple Dogon in bronze
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronzes Dogon

Long-shaped silhouettes, standing on a pedestal, representing statues of ancestors. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, mythical beings at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Also recalling the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a position of invocation, arms raised towards the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Orange brown patina.

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Bronze Benin leopard figure
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Leopard Benin

Ex-Corsican African art collection.
The leopard, representing the royal power, has a central place in the culture of the Benin kingdom because this animal appears in the founding myth of which King Ewuare is the hero. According to the legend, King Ewuare 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 incarnation of supernatural forces. To be spared by these predators is therefore a sign of divine blessing. Before the destruction of the palace of the Benin kingdom in 1897, the divine character of the kings, the Oba, was illustrated by multiple works celebrating their power. War scenes were reproduced on narrative plaques, made of bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze ...

Dogon ointment pot
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African art > Pot > Dogon ointment pot

Dogon pots are used to store ointments, tobacco, but also serve marabouts as oracle pots.

The this is beautifully decorated with Cariatidic Nommos, central characters in history and dogon rituals. Two equestrian figures support the container while a figure sitting in a suit overcomes the lid.
Or the pot itself are carved stylized reptiles.

The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. 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). Villages are often perched atop scree at the hillside, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and ...


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Head Queen Mother Benin Uhumnwun elao
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > 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 ...

Pirogue Dogon
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African Art Dogon.
Embarcation of mythical beings, Nommos linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. Animal motifs also refer to the animals of creation. Rusty brown patina. Nommo, a protective ancestor evoked in various forms in Dogon iconography, is said to be an ancestor endowed with the ability to manifest itself in a human or animal form.
Gon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. They now produce weapons, tools, and also work with wood. 'Masters of Fire' associated in dogon cosmogony with primordial beings Nommo created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the Interior Delta region of Niger, with copper making it through trans-Saharan trade. ...


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Figures de couple Dogon
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronzes Dogon

Tribal-inspired, elongated silhouettes on a pedestal, depicting statues of ancestors. These African Dogon statues, in bronze, evoke the Nommos, at the origin of the creation among the Dogon of Mali. Also recalling the sculptures of the famous Giacometti, they are represented in a position of invocation, arms raised towards the sky. Their surface is punctuated by a succession of notches. Orange brown patina.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their 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). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the ...


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Cavalier Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Bronze Sao

Ex-collection french african art.

This bronze has a copper patina. The warrior represented on his mount has his head wrapped in a chestnut identical to those of the Tuaregs.
In African art, Sao Sokoto-inspired works are mostly imbued with the equestrian world. Within the ethnic group, small examples of riders, generally in bronze, are melted and worn like talismans, patinated and polished by friction. They are considered above all as a remedy to fight against possession by evil spirits. The horse represents the spirit of the person who is possessed, while the genie who possesses it is symbolized by the rider. Subjected to successive assaults from their neighbors in Kanem and then to hordes coming from the East, the Sao had to abandon their land to settle in the ...

Figures of the primordial couple Dogon in bronze
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronzes Dogon

Ex-collection of French African art.

These haughty figures embody the primordial couple Nommos at the origin of creation among the Dogon of Mali. Evoking the sculptures of Giacometti, these bronze statues are frozen in a walking movement. A succession of notches punctuate the graceful bodies. Patina with green-grey reflections. Scattered chips.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their 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). The villages are often perched on top of scree slopes on the hillsides, with unique architecture. The history of the ...





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