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Statuette Chamba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Chamba

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
An exceptionally soft and lustrous patina enhances this tribal statuette of the Chamba. A high ridge rises obliquely at the top of an ovoid head whose incisions mark the eyes and mouth, notches, ears, and a bulge, nasal ridge. Its particularity lies also in its long ringed neck. The hands-free arms seem to lean on the rectangle space that makes up the hips, giving it a semblance of dress. This pretty piece was polished and sained by gripping. Slight cracks. Settled since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue River in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted attempts to conquer the Fulani, nomads who settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its two flat jaws extending the head. The less ...


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Chamba Nam Gbalang Crest Mask
African art > African mask > Chamba Mask

The Nam Gbalang or Lang Badna mask is a powerful symbol of a cult dedicated to a protective genius.

He appears during the rites of passage of the Kaa festival and at the funerals of high-ranking officers.
It is likened to buffalo; it represents the wild spirit of the bush with all its powers and dangerousness.
On some authors he would represent a queen whose chamba lineage claims to descend from the buffalo of the forests.
The rounded dome of the mask refers to death because it depicts a skull, a relic taken from the tomb of an ancient.

The other characteristics are related to the wild world of nature, so the machore that seems toothed symbolizes the crocodile, while the horns, parallel on this copy, would be related to the animals of the forest. ...


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Chokwe / Lwena Mask
African art > African mask > Lwena Mask

This mask was worn during the closing ceremonies of the Mukanda initiation. It was supposed to promote hunting, fertility, and harvesting. Dark patina abraded.
From Lunda's origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. Some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia and near the Zambezi in Angola. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their honey-coloured sculptures, embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda. This mask is engraved with circular patterns associated with ethnic scarifications. These details differentiate him from Tschokwe productions despite the relative similarity of their masks. ...


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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.
Installed since the 17th century on the southern shore of the ...


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Currency / Chamba-type tool
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African art > African Currencies > Chamba Currency

African art is very rich in these currencies that were found all over the continent. The handle here is divided into two flat spiral patterns, and extends with a blade decorated with fine parallel incisions.
These black iron blades were used as a bargaining chip but also for offerings, wedding dowries and for large festive and ceremonial occasions.
"Before the colonial era, payments in Africa were never made through coins. The transactions were made using products considered precious, because they were rare, useful, or desirable: cattle, fabric parts, pearls, cauris, salt, kola nuts, and especially metals. But it was mostly iron that attracted attention. It quickly became the unit of measurement against which all other commodities were assessed. Laure Adler


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Statue Chamba
African art > African Statues > Statue Chamba

This rare Chamba figure has benefited from numerous libations, enriching it with an exceptional reddish 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. Stripped of other ornamental details, the figure is capped with a clay crust that is delineated by a raffia braid, and on which remain some seeds of abrus. The block of the head sinks on picked shoulders, extending from bent arms, attached to the concave bust. The hips, surrounded by plant fibres, form a raised volume at the centre of which the stylized sex appears in a triangle. The lower limbs, stocky, flex on thick feet. An orifice on the skull allows a ritual sample to be assumed, probably for therapeutic ...


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African Sword Currency Chamba
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African art > African Currencies > Chamba Weapon

Two spirals on either side of a tip form the handle of this weapon. The blade that continues at the tip bears fine patterns in parallel and broken lines. Oxidized granular patina. This piece is thought to be of Chamba origin in Nigeria.
Installed since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue river in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted attempts to conquer the Fulani, nomads who settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its two flat jaws extending the head. The less frequent statuary is divided into protective figures (tauwa, sing. tau) which are kept in a box to the left of the entrance of the concession, and in statues of ancestors, kona. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. ...

Couple of statuettes Chamba / Wurkun
African art > African Statues > Statues Shamba

Ex-French African art collection .
These sculptures of indefinite genre have a particular morphology composed of rounded volumes for the shoulders responding to that of the lower limbs, reduced. The long tubular bust, the base of which is surrounded by a pearl necklace, shows an umbilical growth. Parallel engravings, bleached, refer to the scarifications of the ethnic group. They are spread on the feet in order to indicate the toes. The detail of the fascinating faces is characteristic of regional statuary, with circular, locally crenellated ear pavilions that evoke the traditional, male and female use of inserting a disc into the ears. Under the round eyes, just drawn in the wood, parallel lips offer like a smile. A goatee appears to be drawn at the chin. Speckled patina, residual ...





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