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Many contemporary commentaries claim that dolls and puppets were introduced to the African continent by the Catholic missions for didactic purposes. However, it is clear that the ancestral tradition of puppet show existed long before the arrival of the missions. African puppets are predominantly used in men's shows, while dolls are used by girls and women.


Bwende Doll
African art > African Dolls > Bwende Doll

Belgian collection of African art.
Reduced figure of the niombo, sometimes giant anthropomorphic funerary "package", representing the deceased, buried during funerals during ancestor cults. The doll is made of a basketwork frame covered in textile. It was kept in the chiefs' house.
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 Bwendé sculptures were strongly inspired by those of the neighboring Beembé.


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Hopi Doll
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Ex-French collection of tribal art, the identity of the collector will be communicated to the buyer.
The joyful and colorful expression of the Hopi Indians of North America.
Witnesses to the traditions of the Hopi Indian peoples of Arizona, Katsinam sculpted objects (sing. Kachina) are expressed during traditional dances accompanying the annual rain festivals. Embellished with colored areas for the most beautiful decorative effect, traditional Kachina dolls carved in wood are, for the Pueblo Native American group (Hopi, Zuni, Tewa Village, Acoma Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo), educational tools offered to children upon completion. ritual festivals. These statuettes, embodying a great diversity of spirits, represent katchina dancers and the colors are associated with the cardinal ...


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Kwere Statuette
African art > African Dolls > Kwere Statuette

The Zaramo and the tribes surrounding them, such as the Kwéré and the Doé, designed African dolls generally associated with fertility, but to which other virtues would be attributed. Its primary role is played during the period of seclusion of the young Zaramo initiate. The novice will behave towards the African statuette as with a child, and will dance with it during the closing ceremonies of the initiation. If the young woman does not conceive, she will adopt the “child”. Among the Zaramo, this sculpted motif is used at the top of canes, decorates ritual objects and even appears on burial posts. The shape is recurrent, a stylized head, topped with a double or single crest surmounting a tubular bust devoid of arms on which a slight relief indicates the breasts and the umbilicus.


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Wall Ham Pilu doll
African art > African Dolls > Wall Ham Pilu doll

The coronation of marriage in African art.
Great Fali engagement doll, the Fali living in North Cameroon, but also on the border of Nigeria and Chad.
Around a wooden structure, the doll is entirely trimmed with a multitude of multicolored pearl necklaces depicting the body and braided hair.
The arms are made of leather straps with the ends decorated with cauris.
This type of African fetish doll is carried like a child, in the back of the young woman. and is offered to her among others present by her fiancé who chooses the sex.
It is therefore a guarantee of marriage and the hope of starting a family. The young woman will take care of the doll until the birth of the first child, then separate from it
The size and weight of the doll reinforce the bride's ...


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Namji Doll
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French African Tribal Art Collection.
Adorned with a habit of pearls and strips of leather laid out with regularity, animated by arms represented by straps and cowries, this African doll in wood from the Namji or < b> Dowayo , an animist mountain people living in the north of Cameroon, compose a refined version of a traditional African doll.
These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, initially for the play of little girls. But these dolls are mainly used by sterile women in complex fertility rituals, the doll becoming a surrogate child that they will treat as such. In some cases the groom offered it to his future wife, the doll representing their future offspring. The decoration of the doll can also reproduce the finery of the new initiates after ...


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Namji Doll
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The dolls of the Namji or Dowayo , a people of animist mountain people living in the north of Cameroon, represent the human body in stylized forms.
Now decorative, these sculptures charm us with their unusual appearance, their long neck surmounting a cylindrical bust flanked by small slender arms. These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, initially for little girls' play. But these dolls are mainly used by infertile women in complex fertility rituals, the doll becoming a surrogate child that they will treat as such. In some cases the fiancé offered it to his future wife, the doll representing their future offspring. The decoration of the doll can also reproduce the attires of the new initiates after their period of seclusion. Grainy matt patina, drying crack.


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Yoruba Statuette
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The Ibeji, substitute images in African art.
Traditionally carved from iroko, the roots and leaves of which are also used for ritual purposes, this "ere" (statue) figure of a twin wears beaded adornments. Bright mahogany patina. Erosions.
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. Thisibedjiis then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; she can wash and feed him regularly. If it disappears, the remaining twin takes over. It also happened that a man had ibeji carved for his wife in order to induce pregnancy. Support of the twin's soul, the ibeji influences the life of the family, becoming a source of benefits towards his parents, the ...


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Ashanti Doll
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Traditional African sculptures of the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, the African doll statuettes Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) form stylized amulets supposed to increase Fertility. The flat, circular head remains a constant. A beauty mark, the ringed neck symbolizes prosperity.
Abraded black patina. Small accidents.
Carried on the backs of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placement of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture is used as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in order to witness its effectiveness.


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Ashanti Doll
African art > African Dolls > Ashanti Doll

Used among the Ashanti and Fantis of Ghana, Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) doll statuettes are amulets used by Ashanti women to promote fertility. They are easily identifiable thanks to their stylized appearance. A mark of beauty, the ringed neck also symbolizes prosperity. Carried on the backs of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placing of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture is used as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in order to witness its effectiveness. Speckled matte patina in an ocher brown-grey hue. Abrasions, small accidents.
This people considers the woman as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most common themes evoked ...


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Nyamwezi Doll
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Among the most unusual African dolls, this version from Tanzania is based around gourds decorated with an abundance of decorative accessories, glass beads, cowrie shells, woven raffia belt, limbs made of woven textile. A wooden ring perfects and highlights the abdominal protrusion symbolizing the lineage.
Height on base: 49 cm.
The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are established in the central west and central region of Tanzania. The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, ("the people of the west" and sometimes "the people of the moon ") 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 ...


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beaded doll
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French African art collection.
Contemporary artists in South Africa create dolls filled with a multitude of glass beads. Touching and decorative, these works also alternate various metal elements and shells, highlighting the skill and creative sense of their designers.
During the 19th century, tribes united to form the group called Zulu, whose local chiefs, led by the king, are called iduma. Their society is that of warriors organized into age groups. It was in 1884 that they were annexed by the English. Skilled in making ornaments, the Zulus work with leather, metal and ceramics, adding feathers and beads. Pearls, while having a protective role, indicate the social situation of those who wear them.


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Kwere Doll
African art > African Dolls > Kwere Doll

The Zaramo and the tribes that surround them, such as the Kwéré and the Doé, designed dolls generally associated with fertility, but to which other virtues would be attributed. Its primary role is played during the period of confinement of the young initiate Zaramo. The novice will behave towards the object as with a child, and will dance with it during the closing ceremonies of the initiation. In case the young woman does not conceive, she will adopt the "child". Among the Zaramo, this carved motif is repeated on the top of canes, decorates ritual objects and even appears on burial posts. The shape is recurrent, a stylized head, topped with a double or single crest surmounting a barrel bust where slight reliefs indicate the breasts and the umbilicus. Light brown satin patina.


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Yoruba Statuette
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A traditional Yoruba fetish sculpture, the ibedji displays its protective "abiku". Jugal and body scarifications adorn his skin. Smooth light golden brown patina. Cracks.
Sculpted according to the instructions of Ifa transmitted to the diviner, the babalawo, the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child. The statues are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; she anoints them with oil and feeds them regularly. If it disappears, the remaining twin takes over.
Considered much more than a physical representation of a loved one, linked to the cult of Shango, ibedji statues are believed to influence the life and prosperity of the family, and the latter continues to offer prayers to them on ...


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Namji Doll
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Belgian tribal art collection.
Charms of fertility in African art. Calabash-doll swathed in necklaces of glass beads, ribbons, and small talismans, in the form of cowrie shells, leather bags, bells and sao rider. The face is cut with notches reminiscent of traditional scarifications. Height on base: 22 cm.

It was only relatively recently that the dolls of the Namji or Dowayo, a people of animist mountain people living in the north of Cameroon, became known. These effigies represent the human body in stylized elementary forms. These African tribal dolls are carved in wood by the blacksmith, initially for little girls' play. But these dolls are mainly used by infertile women in complex fertility rituals, the doll becoming a surrogate child that they will treat as such. In ...


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350.00

Beaded doll
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African art and contemporary African crafts.
Contemporary artists from South Africa create African dolls garnished with a multitude of glass beads. Touching and decorative, these works also alternate various metal elements and shells, highlighting the skill and creative sense of their designers.
During the 19th century, tribes united to form the group called Zulu, whose local chiefs, led by the king, are called iduma. Their society is that of warriors organized into age classes. It was in 1884 that they were annexed by the English. Skilled in making jewelry, the Zulus work with leather, metal and ceramics, adding feathers and beads. Beads, while having a carrying role, indicate the social situation of those who wear them.


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190.00

Ashanti Statuette
African art > African Dolls > Ashanti Statuette

Used by Ashanti women and the Fantis of Ghana to promote fertility, African doll statuettes Akuaba (plural Akua'mma) are distinguished by their geometric appearance. A mark of beauty, the ringed neck also symbolizes prosperity. Carried on the backs of women, these statues are also accompanied by various rites, such as the ingestion of a potion, or the placement of the object on the family altar. After the birth of the child, the sculpture is used as a toy, and sometimes still offered to the healer in order to witness its effectiveness. Orange-brown patina, abrasions.
These people consider women as the final arbiter of all decisions. Fertility and children are the most frequent themes evoked in Ashanti wooden sculptures. This ethnic group has built a relatively democratic ...


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240.00

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

Ibeji statuettes, incarnation of the missing child in African Yoruba art. Large almond-shaped eyes, facial scarifications, braided hairstyles and similar physiognomies make up the aesthetic traditions of African Yoruba art. Shiny black patina, indigo highlights, minor 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 ...


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Biga Fetish
African art > African Dolls > Biga Fetish

Polished by grasping and ritual anointing, this African doll associated with fertility (biiga) was sculpted by a blacksmith from Burkina Faso. This type of statuette is offered to girls, as to boys, by their parents. Light brown patina. Desication erosions and cracks.
The hope of a pregnancy is accompanied in certain groups by initiation rites. Wooden figures are then carved, some reflecting both genders, in many cases clothed in beads and clothes. During the period of confinement, the doll, which becomes a child who asks to be fed, washed and anointed on a daily basis, becomes the girl's only companion. After the initiation, they will be carried on the women's backs, or tied around their necks. The wealthiest Mossi buy plastic dolls. The doll will not be abandoned after the ...


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Zombo Statuette
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Naturalism treated with care for this standing statuette, flanked by long arms away from the bust. The refined details distinguish this work embellished with colorful ornaments. Smooth satin patina.
Neighbors of the Yaka and the Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi< /i>. Their diviners use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, the ceremonies associated with the initiation rites, however, stem from Yaka traditions. Fetish carvings are used by the ngangas to protect against bad luck, to heal or to bring about luck, wealth and fertility. Their polychrome masks have very large bleached eye sockets.


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Ashanti Statuette
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Ex-collection of French African art.
This stylized female African figure, Akua'ba (plural Akua'mma), has features specific to Ashanti bust dolls: a flat, circular head surmounting a cylindrical bust with horizontal arms. Thin necklaces of colored pearls contrast with the orange patina. These stylized wooden effigies were worn by pregnant women, tight in their loincloth, to ensure the arrival of beautiful children. The overwhelming majority of these statues are female, with breasts.

The Ashanti are one of the ethnic groups of Ghana (former "Gold Coast"), part of the Akan group, living in a region covered of forests. Just like other people living in the central and southern part of Ghana, she speaks a language of the Twi group. This people considers the woman as the final ...


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Fali Doll
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African Art from Cameroon.
This African doll of fertility Ham pilu symbolizes the marriage vows and the child that will be born from this union. It is the fiancé who makes it and decorates it with multiple trinkets before offering it to the young woman, pearls, leather talismans, etc... The Kirdi , or "pagans", as the Islamized peoples have called them, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria.
They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live from agriculture, fishing and animal husbandry.
Among the Fali, ancestor worship is illustrated by the great importance given to the skulls of the deceased, because thought and knowledge resided there.
The use of dolls by young African ...


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