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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 forms with angular contours, elongated features, sometimes with a severe expression. The arms can be glued to the body, or on the contrary, they can move away from it. We find seated or standing figures, arms and knees bent or as with the Dogon Tellem, arms raised towards the sky imploring for the coming of rain. The statues can also be used as fetishes for all sorts of animist practices, mainly in the Congo. Some are made of bronze as in the Benin kingdom. For the traditional African, their function is to make invisible realities visible.


Lega statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega statuette

In African art, statuettes Lega. The teacher guided the aspirant where African lega masks and statuettes were exhibited, and it was through attentive observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these objects, true metaphors. referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Abraded dark patina. Erosions.
Within the Léga, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. The role of leader, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the ...


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Beeldje Songye
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Beeldje Songye

The face of this sculpted figure takes up the features of the African mask kifwebe and Songye fetishes. The convex bust, like a shield, bears motifs associated with the myths and symbols of the clan. The raised arms posture, atypical, would announce a declaration of importance. Glossy dark patina, erosions, lacks and desication cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.
Lit. : "The Sensible and the ...


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Yoruba figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Yoruba figure

Ibeji statuettes, incarnation of the missing child in African Yoruba art.
Stripped of its ritual accessories, this naked male figure, supported by rectangular feet, rises in a rectilinear posture. Orange-brown semi-satin patina, residual encrustations, cracks. In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for two. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. These African statuettes named ibeji are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of them; she can wash and feed them regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. Considered as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, the ibedji influences the life of the family, which is why the latter continues to address prayers to it ...


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Statue Nkanu
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Nkanu

This sculpture of a drummer comes from the Nkanu of the D.R.C. Large eye sockets highlighted by perforations, with pierced pupils evoking trance, distinguish the face of the character with a rounded back, perched astride a cylindrical volume whose base develops into a collar. The polychromy of the head surmounting a long massive neck, coated with white clay and reddish pigments, is characteristic of the Nkanu. Satin patina. Desiccation cracks.

The Nkanu live from agriculture along the Lufimi River. Their villages are grouped in clusters of four or five under the authority of a local chief leading the heads of families. Their artistic production is mainly linked to initiation rites. The drummers appear on the carved wooden panels displayed during the initiation rites "kimeki". ...


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Nyamezi Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Nyamezi Statue

Ex-Belgian collection of African art
Very similar to the Luguru and Kaguru productions, this African statue associated with the lineage offers a clan chief's seat as lower limbs. Carved from dense wood, the work has a lustrous black patina, locally abraded, and has some drying cracks and minor chips.
The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, form the largest group among the tribes living in north-central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, has left its mark on their statuary.
They were involved in the 19th century in the caravan trade which crossed their territory, ...


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Metoka statue
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Ex-Belgian African tribal art collection.
Among the traditional African sculpturesassociated with Bukota, this African sculpture was used during initiation rites . In addition, associated with its masculine equivalent Ntanda, it guaranteed the resolution of conflicts. Satin brown patina, heightened with kaolin. Minor cracks.
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very similar, are people of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society comprising three grades, the Bukota, structured daily life and welcomed both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the Bwami Lega association. The sculptures played a role during initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tombs of high-ranking initiates. ...


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Bembe Bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bembe Bronze

Belgian African art collection.
African statuette embodying an ancestor. The subject, with a protective aim, bears the keloid patterns testifying to the successive stages of the initiation to which he was subjected. Khaki patina rubbed with pink ocher for a ritual purpose.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex.Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembe group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Bwende group was influenced by Téké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same ...


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Lega Statue
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Ex. Belgian collection.
African artlega and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of Bwami, among the many others used throughout the initiations. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exhibited, 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. Matte light patina, abrasions and drying cracks. A tuft of feathers was generally inserted at the top.
Relating to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global vision of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that ...


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Mende Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mende Statue

Mende Statue probably relating to bundu ritual initiations. Localized abrasions, minor drying cracks, black oiled patina.
The Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures of Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea are known for their helmet masks, including those of the Sandé female initiation society which prepares young people girls at the wedding. Mende masks are made by men and worn by women. The Bassa group of Liberia is established in the coastal region, more particularly around Grand-Bassa.


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Lumbu statue
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Lumbu statue

The statues of the Kongo clans of the northeast of Mayombe.
The small Kunyi group, surrounded by the Beembe, Yombe and Lumbu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is renowned in African art for its sculptures embodying founding ancestors, notables or clan leaders, many of them being represented kneeling. Some Lumbu statues are hollowed out in order to receive ancestral relics or symbolic ingredients. This figurative female figure wears diamond-shaped keloids. Abraded kaolin patina, desiccation cracks and erosions.


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Kongo statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kongo statuette

French collection of African art.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites, in particular by means of sculpted nkondo nkisi fetishes.
African statuette evoking the mythical ancestor which is linked to fertility cults. Shiny red-brown patina. Very slight abrasions. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by the ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world.
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Fetish Mambila
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Fetish Mambila

Ex-collection of French African art.

Made according to recurring canons, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors often have small tenons on the head as headgear, such as this figure which also has horns. The head is classically engulfed in the shoulders, an unusual posture, one hand turned towards the bust, while the second is carried to the chin. The massive crenellated legs reproduce the angular volume of the abdomen. Crusty matte patina, polychrome highlights. Erosions. Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men", in Fulani), installed in the northwest of Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. ...


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Kaka statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kaka statue

Etablie sur des pieds épais, cette figure aux membres fléchis semble énoncer une sentence de sa bouche béante. Les yeux sont traités en rectangles, les oreilles évidées en goutte, dans une tête sphérique pourvue d'une longue barbe. Le traitement des épaules La pièce est couverte d'une épaisse patine croûteuse. Ce type de statues était utilisée lors de rites funéraires et initiatiques. Fissures de dessication.

L'ethnie Kaka, dont le nom leur vient des colons Allemands, se situe dans une zone frontalière entre le Nigéria et le Cameroun. Leur statuaire démontre une certaine influence d'autres groupes ethniques tels que les Mumuye dont les statues présentent, elles aussi, des jambes courtes et fléchies surmontées d'un corps élancé. Leur patine très épaisse et croûteuse, leurs ...


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Statuette Lengola
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Lengola

Stylized African art of the forest tribes.
This figurine is reminiscent of Lega statuary. The face still offers the inlays of red and white colors around tubular pupils and a barely visible mouth. The narrow bust is framed by short digitized arms. These statuettes named akunga were used by members of the female ekongo society. Lustrous patina.
The Lengola , are established near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, a primary forest people dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during ...


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Statuette Rungu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Rungu

Statuette representing a woman sitting cross-legged, with a large round head topped with a triple crest. Very large double-rimmed eyes and fine features form the particularity of this sculpture. With her digitized hands extending graceful arms, she holds a cup in front of the bust. Gray patina, desiccation cracks. Tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in a region between the D.R.C. (Democratic Republic of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently decorated with figures of couples or twins. Their king, called mwéné tafuna , lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya , has dolls like those of the Tabwa.


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Statue Metoko
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Metoko

The Metoko in African tribal art.
This small statuette with collected volumes is camped on large digitized feet, the hips surrounded by a raffia bond evoking a loincloth. A nasal ridge joining the top of the forehead, eye lozenges, a small mouth drawn in the wood.  Numerous scarifications, written in alternating parallel lines, reveal the character's status, which would play a worthy old man who has been a victim of witchcraft, kakungu. In the hollow of these furrows kaolin pigments have become embedded, giving a light beige patina to the object.
Katungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, rare monotheism in Africa. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the ...


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Kongo Statue
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Kongo Statue

French collection of African art. African sculpture depicting subjects very skilled in acrobatics. The Vili produced a variety of sculptures for individual use nkisi, to which multiple virtues were attributed, and anecdotal statues such as this example symbolizing an ancestor of the clan.
Glossy patina, matte blackened areas, restorations. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo kingdom ...


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Ngbaka statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ngbaka statue

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. A nasal ridge running up to the mouth here divides the large concave orbits characterizing the ovoid face of this hermaphrodite character. The rounded volumes of the body follow one another with rhythm from the head, with a rounded back bearing forward two small short arms gathered around the chest, a narrow bust widening towards developed lower limbs carried by massive feet.
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Bangwa Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bangwa Statue

In African art , commemorative sculptures of titled kings, queens, princesses and servants, as well as parents of twins, the Bangwa form the reputation of this small kingdom within the large Bamileke people in western Cameroon.
We observe the influence of the Bamileke on the Bangwa statuary without the use of pearls. The body posture is classical, lower and upper limbs flexed.
Commanded by the leaders they embody, the Bangwa statues refer to fertility but also to power and combativeness. They are positioned in pairs on either side of the induction chairs during notable meetings.
Thick brown cracked patina. Minor shards.


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Yombe
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Yombe

African statue equipped with a receptacle for magical substances. The look refers to mediumistic abilities. This type of African sculpture, whose functions were quite diverse, sometimes illustrates a proverb. Light brown patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in relation to their vision of the world. The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. To this end, protective figures minkisi (pl.) ...


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Statuettes Dan
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuettes Dan

French collection of African art .



These anthopomorphic figures, set on large digital feet, offer a stocky anatomy. Their faces recall the masks dan by the protrusion of the wide lips. Granular residues remain, following the rites that benefited the subjects. Matt black patina.
Gifts of women, food, festive ceremonies and honorable status once rewarded the dan sculptors to whom this talent was bestowed during a dream. The latter was the means of communication of Du, the invisible spiritual power, with men. The statuary, rare, held a prestigious role with its holder. They are mainly effigies of wives, lü mä human beings made of wood. They are not spirit incarnations or effigies of ancestors, but prestige figures representing living people, often ...


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