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African art - Black iron:

Black iron objects are numerous, made by the blacksmith for the marabout, the fetishist, as well as for certain notables, some masks are made of black iron. They are found mainly in Mali, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast.


Fon Stick
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In a specially dedicated room in the house, the great families of Benin (formerly Dahomey) kept portable altars made from pieces of metal. These objects, known as Asen, took the form of sticks and were created individually for each ancestor. They served as intermediaries between the world of the living and that of the dead. The rituals linked to these altars took place during ceremonies called “ahanbiba”, specifically during the dry season. During these rituals, prayers and offerings were dedicated to the ancestors.
In complex funeral ceremonies, an Asen was dedicated to a specific ancestor, and sacrifices were dedicated to him throughout the year. The Yoruba of neighboring Nigeria used similar sticks, decorated with bird emblems, for diviners. These objects were used in ...


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480.00

Double Bamileke Ritual Bell
African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Double Bamileke Ritual Bell

French African art collection.
Arms, jewellery, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths of many African cultures, such as blacksmiths turned kings (Zaire), the anvil hammer being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, the metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. This double gong, in its simplicity, was a sacred instrument and the emblem of one of the many male societies of the peoples of Grassland, the Kwifoyn, whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden rods on hollow metal announced the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also prestigious objects, ...


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280.00

Fon Stick
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Fon Stick

In a specially dedicated room in the house, the great families of Benin (formerly Dahomey) kept portable altars made from pieces of metal. These objects, known as Asen, took the form of sticks and were created individually for each ancestor. They served as intermediaries between the world of the living and that of the dead. The rituals linked to these altars took place during ceremonies called “ahanbiba”, specifically during the dry season. During these rituals, prayers and offerings were dedicated to the ancestors.
In complex funeral ceremonies, an Asen was dedicated to a specific ancestor, and sacrifices were dedicated to him throughout the year. The Yoruba of neighboring Nigeria used similar sticks, decorated with bird emblems, for diviners. These objects were used in ...


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290.00

Bambara Irons
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Bambara Irons

Collection of African Belgian art.
An old grainy ocher patina covers these three Bambara animal sculptures in black iron. The mammal is a symbol of fertility and vigor.
Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah zone, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Bambara nyamakala artisan groups, more specifically the blacksmiths named numu, are in charge of carving ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magic items, they are further assigned the role of healer and diviner.
Their powers are passed on to their wives, who alone have the right to ...


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490.00

Bambara Iron
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Bambara Iron

Coated with a thick oxidized patina, this very refined work in black iron highlights field work.
Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah zone, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. The Bambara nyamakala artisan groups, more specifically the blacksmiths named numu, are in charge of carving ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magic items, they are further assigned the role of healer and diviner.
Their powers are passed on to their wives, who alone have the right to produce the pottery.


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180.00

Bamana iron
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Bamana iron

Belgian African art collection.
Thick old patina for this stylized animal figure of the Bambara, made of black iron. The mammal is a symbol of fertility and vigor. Grainy texture, ochre patina.
Established in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara, "Bamana" or "unbelievers", as the Muslims have called them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Mostly farmers, but also breeders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. The groups of Bambara artisans nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of sculpting ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and magical objects, the role of healer and diviner is also assigned to them.
Their powers are ...


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280.00

Dogon Iron
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Dogon Iron

This Dogon iron was collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art, during study trips to Mali.

Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools,and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the region of the interior delta of the Niger, copper reaching it thanks to the trans-Saharan trade. Excavations on ...


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120.00

Iron Dogon zoomorphic figurine
African art > Black iron objects, black iron masks > Dogon Iron

This Dogon iron was collected in the 1950s by Monsieur Arnaud, accompanying Alain Bilot,
renowned collector of Dogon art, during study trips to Mali.

Dogon blacksmiths form an endogamous caste among the Dogon called irim. Today they produce weapons, tools,and also work with wood. "Masters of fire" associated in Dogon cosmogony with the primordial beings "Nommo" created by the god Ama, they are also supposed to cure burns. Small metal objects, made using the lost wax technique, were widespread in the region of the interior delta of the Niger, copper reaching it thanks to the trans-Saharan trade. Excavations ...


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150.00





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