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Often the work of blacksmiths who work on soft woods, African statuary includes statues of ancestors, dolls, statuettes of twins. All these statues offer geometric shapes with angular contours, elongated features, sometimes a severe expression. The arms can be glued to the body, or on the other hand they can move away from it. There are characters sitting or standing, arms and knees bent or as the Dogons Tellem with arms raised to the sky pleading for the coming of rain.

Large statue Baoulé Aboya / Mbotumbo
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This sculpture of a cynocephalic monkey, exceptional in size, with a cross-section of the hands, has half-flexed intertwined lower limbs. In an attitude of supplication, it also has a belt made of vegetable fibers with a second round cut for offerings. Often linked to the cult Mbra of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "êtres-force" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baoulé by their Creator, as well as the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaw they share. It would also be a minor deity named barked . For propitiatory purposes, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the spirits to which offerings were presented and on which libations were practiced. Real monkey skulls frequently formed the character's head. The sculptures were kept ...

Ancestor statue Baule Asia usu
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The Akan cults in African art
This "Waka -Sona", ", wood-to-baouu", set on stocky, muscular legs suitable for agricultural work, grabs his beard as oil anointings stiffened. The high summit ridge that composes his hairstyle meets in three shells ending in braids. Many traditional checkerboard scarifications roam his body. A hand with de-measured fingers rests in the umbilical region. This gesture of life evokes the parentage on which he exercises his protection. Light wood, irregular satin surface.
Two types of statues Waka- Sona are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke a assiè oussou, being of the earth, and which are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the asye usu ...

Statue Deblé Senoufo
African art > African Statues > Statue Deblé

The statues deble , used by soothsayers, depict bush spirits in a human form, such as this female figure with a arched body whose muscular legs rise from a cylindrical base. The face with a tapered jaw, worn by a graceful neck, overcomes a girl's chest and a gently rounded abdomen symbolizing fertility. Scarifications are carefully represented, responding with rhythm. The oily, dense patina offers a deep satin black hue. The base has a custom abrasion, like the handle at the top.
The Senoufo, the name given to them by french settlers, are mainly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of ...

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Fetish Songye Kifwebe
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Devoid of the horn that rose from its skull, this anthropomorphic sculpture offers the peculiarity of a cylindrical bust, without arms, extended by a ringed neck bearing a massive head to the features of the large kifwebe mask of Songye. The latter has projection strokes. At the top remain resinous drippings mixed with ritual kaolin. A recurrence: oversized feet protruding from the circular base. Semi-mate patina, velvety. Abrasions, erosions and cracks.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the ...

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Yoruba altar figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Yoruba

The female figure depicted sitting on a throne whose feet are parallel to the legs of the character, forms an incarnation of one of the many orisa of the Yoruba, equivalent to the Christian Saints. The miniature figures that surround him would be minor followers or deities. Crusty patina, mate. Lack on one of the braids of the hairstyle.
The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the egbe society is strengthening social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called susu. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the disappearance of the civilization Ifé and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba. The Oyos created two cults ...

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Bwami Lega statuette
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African art > African Statues > League figurines

This anthropomorphic Lega sculpture belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. The teacher guided the aspiring lega to a place where African lega masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these objects, true metaphors largely referring to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. Individual items were then kept in a woven bag worn over the shoulder ...

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Statuette Punu
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Punu

This statuette dedicated to the worship of ancestors, rites of healing or divination, presents a face inscribed with a characteristic ethnic mark, 'mabinda', carved in relief, and on the bust of scarifications in diamond. These patterns were scarified on the skin of teenagers. Clear abrad patina, desicting cracks on the head.

The Punu are a Bantu people of Central Africa based mainly in southern Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families. Social cohesion is ensured by the Moukouji society, whose essential role is to subjugate the evil spirits of the forest.

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Statuette Ndengese Totshi
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The female ancestor is depicted kneeling, hands on thighs. The flared hairstyle, sometimes topped with a top horn, is characteristic of the hairstyles acquired by the heads Totshi belonging to the association ikoho and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. Embossed losangic scarifications, corresponding to a symbolic and other purely decorative graphics, are traced on the bust. Dark brown patina abraded.
Central African population based in Kasai, a neighbour of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans of a common ancestor Mongo, some of them from the Upper Nile. They produced first art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the leader. These statues were placed on the graves ...

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Effigy Ndop Bushoong
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Incarnation of the king in African art Kuba
These sculptures reproducing in a reduced version the large effigies of Ndop kings were intended to promote births. Locally chipped black skate. Low desication cracks.
Suring origin for his subjects, the king with the visor hairstyle shody is depicted sitting in a suit on the royal stage, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. The symbol ibol associated with his reign, allowing him to be identified, is here a scepter surmounted by a bird figure. As leader of both the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, 'nyim', supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the peregity of his subjects, whether through the harvests, the rain or ...

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Couple primordial Luba
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br-Sceptres, statuettes of ancestors, objects of divination in the primitive art of the Luba
The Luba were mainly established in the Upemba valley and along the banks of the Lualaba.This couple of androgynous figures, with long arms and legs intertwined, face each other. A tiara with losangic motifs delimits a deliberately shaved forehead. These statuettes were ritually oiled in homage to the ancestors. Erosions. Dark skate. According to P. Nooter these figures also represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the divination process bilumbu .  According to some Luba, however, although a woman, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of the Mbudye associated with royal power. This ...

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Statuette Attié
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African art and female effigies in Côte d'Ivoire. This African statue of the Attié forms an incarnation of a royal figure wearing majestic braided hulls, towering over a stool. Grey beige patina, kaolin residue.

The lagoon populations of eastern Côte d'Ivoire mainly include the Attié, Akyé, the Ebrié and the Abouré. Their sculptures offer many similarities. These kingdoms had the first commercial settlements offering gold, ivory, slaves and pepper to the West.Their history is marked by their turbulent relations with Portuguese, Dutch and English settlers in this coastal region where an intense trade in gold and slaves took place. Among the group of Akan , the Attié , of Akye-Fo, the holders of the blade, are divided between those of the North and those of the South. The Attié, ...

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Statuette Iginga Sakimatwematwe
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African lega art and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations, its structure is in the form of a central trunk around which janiform losangic faces overlap. 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 meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations ...

Luba Cup-bearing statuette
African art > African Statues > Statuette Luba

Asaned in order to present the hollowed-out gourd mboko which was filled with kaolin whose visitors to the king were silently symbolizing purity and the spiritual world, this female figure offers a delicately modeled face. According to P.Nooter these figures represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the process of divination bilumbu
The healers of the society Buhabo and the soothsayers Mbudye also used it.
On some Luba though a woman, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of the Mbudye associated with royal power. Patine mate.

Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu ...

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Statuette Ngbaka, Bwaka
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The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. Tribal art' 'a href'U'0022http://www.ngbaka.ugent.be/beliefs"-ngbaka has given birth to a few statues depicting their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto that they worship and a very small number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting. The heartside bears the grainy residues of white clay, and the eyes encrusted with cauris seem ajar. An incision is the mouth. The arms are plated in ...

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Statue Mumuye
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Prestige tribal statues in African art Mumuye.Work of the sculptor named rati or molabaiene, this African statue of Mumuye has a bust in columns and remnants of arms emerging in v on the chest. The gnawed wood still offers the cylindrical volumes that make up the pelvis and shoulder from which rises a stretched neck supporting an ovoid head. The eyeballs, forming a hallucinated gaze directed towards the sky, are traced in the wood and scarifications in cat mustache frame a small, hollowed-out mouth. Grooves also indicate the braids of the hairstyle. Typical of the ethnic group, the lateral pendants refer to a helmeted hairstyle or the earlobes of women adorned with large discs. Heterogeneous patina, remnants of polychrome pigments. The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of ...

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Suku fetish statue
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The Suku chiefs used fetishes called bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan, such as this sculpture with angular ridges. The character seems to draw the viewer's attention to the long, narrow beard adorning his face, under a spectacular diamond-shaped mouth. Dark patina with reddish reflections revealing the subtle veining of the wood. Cracks.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Kwango region, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Their carved wooden figures, through which they honour their ancestors, and their masks are well known.

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Chef Chokwe effigy
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Chockwe in African art.
Sculpté in a piece of monoxyle wood, the character is here perched on a circular pedestal, knees half bent. The prominence of the abdomen is enhanced by amplified hands, as are feet with exaggerated volume, indicating its power. It bears the head adornment of the Chokwe aristocrats, high and elaborate, with curved side fins. Its high, bulging forehead, accentuated by shaving hair, was once an ideal of beauty among the Chokwe. On the other hand, the sculptor has particularly cared for the musculature of his subject, which the smooth and shiny brown patina also enhances.
Paisiblely 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 ...

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Yoruba rider figure
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It is in a sculpted statuette intended to appear on a Yoruba altar that a divinized ancestor, or one of the many gods, orisa, comparable to the Christian saints, who animate the pantheon of Yoruba, the divine messenger Esù or Elegba. The equine, rare in the region, was an attribute of prestige that was reserved for the nobility and the sovereigns.
This sculpture has certain constant elements and characteristics such as a mount of different proportions than the rider. The horse perched on a plinth has a small size. The character with the typical Yoruba facies has triple claw incisions on the face of the cheeks, smokes the pipe and is equipped with a rifle. Patina mate polychrome granular. Kaolin residue.
Soruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central ...

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Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri
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Ex-French tribal art collection.
Several variants of Fang Byeri statues make up African Art Byeri. Each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were topped with a statue or a head that acted as custodian of the "byi" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded. This statuette intended to be recorded in a basket-reliquary by the posterior stalk, eroded, has a dark side in which are set copper pupils. Metal ...

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Biteki Bembe, Béembé figure
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Ex-collection French tribal art.
Beembé are appreciated in African art for the care and finishing of ancestor sculptures for fertility and healing rituals.
Figure male, legs spread half-flexed, with wide feet, which would be represented in the dance position. Intricate lyeloid tattoos are drawn in relief from the chest to the pubis. These scarifications bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which an individual has been subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, almond eyes are encrusted with light wood. Polished surface with a mahogany and brown patina. Lack on one of the feet. Black wooden base extra on request. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group north of Lake ...

Statuette Cuba
African art > African Statues > Statuette Cuba

A small version akin to statues of Ndop rulers, it features a notable kneeling of the kuba court, wife or ancestor of royal blood. The scarified motifs, inscribed in relief on his face, recall the drawings adorning some of the kuba masks associated with the mythology of the group. These masks occur during dances accompanying funeral ceremonies for deceased insiders. Piece acquired in a gallery by the owner in 1980.
Patine lustrous caramel. One of the feet is missing. Orifice on the back for a ritual purpose?
Severy tribes make up the Kuba, whose name means clair, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures associated with royalty, statues, prestigious objects, masks, frequently ...

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