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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.


Figure Bembe / Buyu Kalunga
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African art > African Statues > Statue Buyu

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This sculpture embodies the spirit of water Kalunga, among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The female character is endowed with a head bearing the janiform heaume mask Alunga or even Echawakoba shared by the Bembé.Patine of satin use, abrasions and cracks.

Grating flows have mixed the same territories within the same territories of Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Bassikassingo, considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has helped to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami Lega. The traditions bembé and boyo are relatively similar They venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the ...

Statue congo Vili Nkisi Nkondi
African art > African fetish > Fetish Nkondi

Ex-Collection Swiss African Art.

Posture of challenge for this fetish dedicated by the nganga, which is endowed with a magical ventral charge (bilongo) for therapeutic purposes. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures of individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed. The glazed eyes symbolize the foresight dan sun face with naturalistic features. The Vili, Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the group Kôngo , led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo Kingdom in the 16th century and the ...


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Female figure Mangbetu
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Mangbetu

Refinement of the African sculpture Mangbetu. Female statuette wearing the high headdress of the ethnic group. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. Body lines, like those of the face, include traditional ethnic paintings, inspired by tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Velvety dark patina. Slight misses.


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Zande figurines
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African art > African Statues > Zande figurines

The Zande produced two types of works, the Kudu, between 30 and 50 cm high, representing ancestors, and the statues Yanda 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani. This male figure, equipped with small crenellated arms surmounting a tubular bust widening towards protruding hips, has a characteristic face to the eye, nostrils and ears pierced with an orifice. Glossy patina from brown to black.
odies referred to as Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns ...


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Statuette fetish Boulou, Bulu
African art > African Statues > Fetish Bulu

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Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.
Instant the spirit of a great ape, this particularly expressive statuette embodies an orangutan. Around the neck and hips are knotted raffia ties trapped in a resin. The hands surround his voluminous abdomen, while the face seems to grimace in pain. The satin patina next door with granular residue. Erosions at the top.

Situated between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fang of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to fight witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal to which the applicant identifies after his acceptance into the secret society. ...


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Dogon Ceremonial Cup
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African art > African Statues > Dogon Cup

African art among the Dogon.
Frequent cavalier representations, in the African art of the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. This is the case for this ceremonial cut with a lid on which the hermaphrodite rider holds his mount with a bridle veiling the animal's eyes. The object is entirely coated with a crusty sacrificial coating. Slight gaps and desication cracks. One of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, was parading on his mount at his induction because, according to custom, he was not to set foot on the ground. In the area of the sangha cliffs, inaccessible ...


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Figure of chef Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga
African art > African Statues > Statue Tschokwe

The sculpted effigy, against, glorifies the qualities of hunter, mythical hero and founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga. The chef, with oversized palms and feet, has an impressive nobility headdress. Easily recognizable by this ample headdress with curved side fins (cipenya-mutwe), he had taught his people the art of hunting. This work stands out for its various details very finely chiseled. Originally, the patinas were obtained from the repeated application of castor oil and dyeing vegetable decoctions. Brown mahogany highlights highlight this Chokwe statue. Very good condition.
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 power. ...

Chef Chokwe effigy
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African art > African Statues > Chef Chokwe effigy

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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Fugure Kongo Nkisi Nkondi
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African art > African Statues > African statue Kongo Nkondi

Among the Kongo, nganga took care of rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms of 'sacred' or 'divine'. The most influential category of 'minkisi kongo' consisted of instruments to help regional leaders enforce the law. A metal object was nailed to a wooden figure as soon as a decision was made, each nail evoking a particular case: litigants, divorce, conflicts between communities... The nkondi wanted to ensure that the agreement to resolve the conflict was properly implemented, and that individuals feared the consequences of their behaviour. Its appearance thus personified the force residing there. From the second half of the 20th century, minkondi minkisi were strategically placed along the coasts of the Loango ...


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Pende figurines
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Pendé

This figure of African art depicts a dancer from the masquerade Pende Minganji du Zaire, dressed in his full costume in raffia's harvest. Leon de Sousberghe identified two types of masks, the minganji associated with male society and mbuya masks related to the village, with some exceptions. The puppet, like the dancer, has a flexible and articulated body, fixed on a small cracked promontory.
Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Oriental have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody ...


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Funeral statue Metoko
African art > African Statues > Statue Metoko

It was during funeral rites that this figure appeared, whose head cut into angular planes adopts a distressed expression. The digitized hands, gathered under the chin, seem to support the jaw. The exorbited pupils also mark the dismay. Referring to the masked dancers' outfits, cuffs and a raffia works belt, embellished with textile balls, give it an unusual character. Patina matte abrased, polychrome highlights. Cracks and abrasions.

Cossased statues named Ibubi , belonging to the Nkumi, a former Bukota used as the figure kakungu for the initiation rites of male society, played a role in mediations in disputes. The Metoko and Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very close, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. ...


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Statue Boyo, Buyu, Mizimu
African art > African Statues > Statue Buyu

The decorative motifs are carefully chiseled here, highlighting the salient volumes whose rhythm follows in a balanced way. Large eye sockets lined with eyebrows engraved in ears extend to the center of the face. The nose, carefully worked, dominates lips rolled up on a regular teeth. The rectangle-cut shoulders and extended arms separated from the bust, and the strong flexed legs, evoke energy and bravery. Effigy of a royal ancestor all manhood, this sculpture was arranged, accompanied by a female statuette, sheltered in a small funeral hut. Dense wood, some splinters and desication cracks. Patine mate.
On the accounts, the Boyos are of Luba ancestry, by an ancestor who emigrated with his brothers. Migratory flows have mixed within the same territories of the Bembe, Lega, Buyu ...


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Figure of ancestor Hemba Singiti
African art > African Statues > Statue Hemba

Symbolizing a local chief, this Hemba effigy, whose characteristics were once attributed to the Luba, was carved to create a link with the guardian spirits. The Hemba clan leaders had several statues of ancestors whom they venerated and to which they dedicated offerings in order to establish their legitimacy. The position is classic, hands valuing a protruding abdomen, symbol of lineage. The sophisticated headdress is bounded by a tiara.

Black brown Patine. Satin surface. Split base.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa, established in the south-east of the R.D.C, on plains surrounded by streams. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means the Lubas). They were born from a secession of ...


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Statuette Mangbetu
African art > African Statues > Statue Mangbetu

The fan hairstyle of this female figure was sported by the Mangbetu: from an early age, the children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the hair was \


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Female figure Mangbetu Beli
African art > African Statues > Statuette Mangbetu

Combined with fertility rites, this sculpture adorned with multicolored pearl necklaces that highlight its slender shapes exudes the beauty of a young pregnant woman. The object expresses fullness by the protective gesture of the hand placed on the bulging abdomen. Body lines, like those of the face, include traditional ethnic paintings, inspired by tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic ...


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Kongo/Vili Nkisi fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Vili Fetish

The statuette with a bulbous abdomen containing a magic charge could be included in the category of therapeutic fetishes. The amalgam or bilongo introduced consisted of various ingredients from the natural environment including red clay, red wood powder tukula, white clay pembe... , but possibly human fragments such as teeth, nails, hair. This fetish of conspiracy was supposed to influence the health, prosperity, enemies of its holder. Among the Kongo, the specialist named nganga , took charge of the rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was then used to refer to the terms 'sacred' or 'divine'.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo were the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom ...


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Luluwa Warrior Statue
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African art > African Statues > Statue Lulua

Ex-collection French African art.
The primitive art of CongoThe different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, present multiple scarifications, and glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This character sports a prominent umbilical and a streaked lower abdomen, center of the body and " object of all solicitudes" ( The Power of the Sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Diamonds, erogenous and symbolic protruding scarifications, checkered circles and rectangles embellish strategic parts of the anatomy of this warrior effigy. An appendage in the form of a loop ending in a bun forms her hairstyle. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that ...


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Double statue Chamba
African art > African Statues > Couple Chamba

This double Chamba figure has a red ochre crusty patina, locally chipped. Best known for their buffalo masks, the Chamba communicated with the spirit world through these statues. However, their functions remain little known. This sculpture offers great similarities to the piece sculpted by Soompa before 1940 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (U.S.A)and which appears on page 73 of the book "Arts of the BenueU Valley,0022 published by the Museum of Quai Branly. According to the authors, these statues were used during rituals in Mapeo in Nigeria and Yéli in Cameroon.The central block joining the two characters has a large frontal crack. Part of one of the oversized feet on which the sculpture rests is missing.
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Fetish Yaka Njila
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African art > African fetish > Statuette Yaka

A small fetish whose stylized face evokes a bird, he was placed inside the house to protect against witchcraft and other malice. These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. These lineage charms were then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Powerful fertility properties were supposed to accompany this bird-faced statuette named njila.
Archalist and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was ruled by lineage chiefs with the right to life and death on their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young ...


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Fertility figure Lulua Buanga Bua cibola
African art > African Statues > Statuette Luluwa

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. Figures such as the one presented are part of the cult Buanga bua cibola, and are believed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands indeed, this character highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and object of all solicitudes. ( The Power of the Sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) Protruding scarifications adorn the body, and a single curl of curies and pearls remains in the ear. Satin brown patina. Fine desication cracks.
The Lulua, or Béna Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced ...

Sculpture figurative Luba
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African art > African Statues > Statues Luba

Naturalistic scene depicting a birth. The bust of the central figure bears the diamond scarifications that the Luba love. The headdresses were made up of braids organized around a metal structure. Female representations in Luba society are generally associated with royalty. As political and spiritual intermediaries in Luba royalty, sculpted effigies with protective purposes recall their central role. The multi-reading work also recalls their major importance in the transmission of life. Dark patina with burgundy highlights.

Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means the Lubas). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership ...


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