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Benin Uhunmwun elao commemorative head
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bénin head

African art from Benin is described as court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as the Oba. The tradition of bronze court objects in the Benin kingdom dates back to the 14th century. The many bronze alloy heads and statues created by Benin artists were reserved for the exclusive use of the inhabitants of the royal palace and, more often than not, placed on altars consecrated by each new Oba. These rectangular altars were topped with heads, statues, carved ivory tusks, bells and sticks. They were used to commemorate an oba and to make contact with his spirit. This late sculpture, reminiscent of those made at the death of the queen, depicts a queen mother of Benin named the Iyoba, whose neck is encircled with multiple coral bead necklaces. Her high headdress also ...

Couple of statuettes ibedji Yoruba
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African art > African Dolls > Ibeji couple

Belgian African art collection.
Wearing only protective adornment 'abiku' colorful pearl necklaces, these doll statuettes (statues), evoking twins, have a conical hairstyle formed of braids. A specificity distinguishes them, the prominent mouth in the form of a beak symolating in the Yorubala divination and the occult world.
Dark brown glossy surface. Indigo residues on the headdress.br- In the language of the Yoruba people, ibeji means twin: ibi for born and eji for dwo. They represent the figure of a deceased twin. This ibedji is then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of him; she can wash it and feed it regularly. If she dies, the remaining twin takes over. A man also sometimes had ibeji for his wife carve in order to induce ...

Allo Koranic Plank
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Allo Tablet

African tribal art and the Koran
"allo" comes from the Arabic "lawh" for Hidden Tablets, God would have thus described the destiny of each man even before the creation of the world.
The Quranic plate called "Hello" is primarily intended for learning to write.
Some of them are very simple, undecorated, only decorated with passages from the Qur'an that are traced and then erased, then written again before being washed again, erased, and so on until the student has acquired the knowledge that is taught to him or her. This plate represents the student tradition, the transmission of knowledge to the student.


There are several functions attributed to the Allo boards by the Hausa, mainly in Nigeria. They become protective against the forces of ...


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Maternity figure Afo Okeshi
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Statue Afo

Maternities afo have the particularity of having a flat chest evoking a sagging, on which are engraved scarifications in braces. Unusual representation of the two children: one is breastfed, the second on the back of the effigy is an older child. He wears a hairstyle similar to that of the mother, whose face also bears scarred patterns in checkerboards. Light brown orange patina. Many abrasions and erosions, lacks.


As unlike other solidly built afo maternity units, this room is thin and elongated. Long, arched arms hold a container at the top of the head while a child is grabbed on the back and has the same scarifications as his mother.

Afo are found north of the Bené and Niger rivers in Nigeria and are related to Idoma. Their statues okeshi, reserved for ...





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