African art - Post, Toguna, Dogon, Lobi, Ambete, sogho, oron:In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium.
The post is a flagrant example. Often decorated by the sculptor, it can make us discover the cosmogony of an ethnic group, allow us to understand the hierarchy, or other mystical elements.
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega Statues
The symbolism of African lega art
African Post Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an insider of the Bwami, this object is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami ("powerful things") among the many others used over the course of the initiations. Its structure is presented in a cylindrical form supported by four feet whose flexing recalls one of the positions of tribal dance. Four groups of four faces, directed towards the four cardinal points, are superimposed on the trunk which ends in a bouquet of plant fibers.
Two-foot restorations. Mate patina with crusty residue.
The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex ...
African art > Post, Toguna, Dogon, Lobi, Ambete, sogho, oron > Yoruba Opo stake
In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium, as illustrated by this yoruba veranda post.
A female character wears a tray on her head topped by a rider and his mount. Both have tear-shaped scarifications on the cheekbones as well as large globular eyes and strong mouths.
As often in Yoruba statuary, the patina is made up of bright colors. This polychromy has been very well preserved here.
The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the male 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.
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Giriama Post
Belgian African art collection
rectangular post with a narrower section in the center, its top is made up of a human head with austere expression overhanging a long neck. Its straight surface is engraved with triangular and losangic motifs associated with the huts and whose rosette assemblage symbolizes the stars. These decorations also recall the colourful garment that the notables wore and refer to the status to which the deceased acceded during his initiation. The Kikangu or kigango , (plur.: Vigango), made from insect-resistant wood, was placed in a corner of the ancestor's tomb where, as the incarnation of the deceased, he was the object of offerings. The Vigango usually end up being abandoned when the memory of the ancestor incarnated there is extinguished. Very nice ...
African art > Post, Toguna, Dogon, Lobi, Ambete, sogho, oron > Yoruba pillar
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy the south-west of Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name of Nago.
They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. Frequent in Yoruba African art, and for good reason, it is the central theme of the story named " The death and the rider of the king ". This fiction tells the funeral of the late King of Oyo, an ancient African state founded in the 15th century, neighbor of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and the tradition that his rider, Elesin, must commit suicide within thirty days of the death of the king in order to to follow in due course the Yoruba religious dogma. The death of the rider is indeed intended to guarantee the king a safe conduit to his new home. Elesin, a simple man enjoying life, is ...
African art > Post, Toguna, Dogon, Lobi, Ambete, sogho, oron > Statue post Yoruba Opo
In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium, as this Yoruba veranda statue illustrates.
A character carries on his head a plateau surmounted by a rider and his horse. Above the latter, there is another character, probably a sage given the highlighting of his beard. As often in Yoruba statuary, the patina is made up of relatively bright colors. Although the piece has pigments more discreet than usual, the polychrome has been well preserved. Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the egbe male society reinforces social norms, the aro federates farmers. The freeze has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu.
African art > Post, Toguna, Dogon, Lobi, Ambete, sogho, oron > Toguna Pillar
The toguna (“shelter of the men”) is the place where the men meet to discuss of the village organization. It is also a Community place where the word of old makes law. It can exist a central toguna at the village, but also other small toguna secondary of district. This shelter open is generally made up of eight pillars which support beams, themselves covered eight thicknesses with dependent straw in faggots. These eight levels, as well as the eight pillars, refer to the eight ancestral nommo who are the origin of lhumanity (Dogon cosmogony). The roof is low, thus obliging the men to remain sitted lasting the discussions. These pillars are generally decorated by a dege (protective genius with the multiple significances). Although Toguna is reserved to the men, the posts are often carved ...