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Pende Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Pende Mask

African Pende Mbangu “disease” masks, also called Bwala-Bwala, exaggerate the symptoms of disorders such as epilepsy or facial paralysis, often attributed to witchcraft practices. These comical masks are worn by dancers who wear hats decorated with guinea fowl, coucal or turaco feathers, sometimes even lumbandu, a crown of leaves. Often decorated with a hump on the back, these masks accentuate the disabled appearance of the character. Originating from the upper Kwango region, Pende masks are distinguished by their angled noses, their distorted mouths, as well as their areas of contrasting colors, with a distinctive semi-matte patina.
The Western Pende live along the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream of Tshikapa. Their rich ...


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

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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Kuba cup
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kuba cup

Among the prestigious objects, this palm wine cup with its stylized handles. The sculpted face recalls the features of the great royal Kuba masks. Glossy surface inlaid with kaolin residues. Cracks of desiccation.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for the high ranks of their society. Indeed, several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined designs, including cups, drinking horns and goblets. The Lele settled in the western part of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele made the attribution of certain objects delicate, as both groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and ...


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

Statuettes and moral codes in the African art of the Lega
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This Lega statuette, in the form of a conical-shaped neck surmounted by a double face, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used throughout the initiations.
The teacher guided the lega aspirant to a place where African lega masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful 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.
Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami,the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these ...


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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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380.00

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

French collection of African art.

Symbolizing the joyful exuberance of Tikar, this bronze sculpture mixing various subjects in ever more surprising postures. Black patina, erosions.
The chiefs of the Cameroonian Grasslands, the Fon, reputed to hold treasures of works of art, including bracelets, necklaces, statues, bells, valued the founders and sculptors in the service of the kingdom. These productions, without which the chef lost his prestige, aimed to magnify the role of the fon. The technique used was lost wax casting, the decorations varying according to the status of the recipient to whom the king wished to grant a reward. The Bamoun sometimes bought works from the Tikar, who were also gifted in metalworking. From 1920 the founders no longer worked exclusively for ...


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480.00

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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Comb Kwere
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Comb Kwere

French African art collection.
Prestigious African comb with a traditional doll motif. Light brown satin smooth patina. The Zaramo and the tribes around them 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, such as combs, hairpins, and even appears on burial posts.


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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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Toma mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Toma mask

French collection of African art This African mask of the bakrogui type, topped with small horns, is presented without eyes and in a modest version. The surface is coated with crusty residue, mainly on the forehead.
Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the bakrogui mask associated with the ancestors.
Height on base: 39 cm.
The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the heart of the forest, at altitude. They are renowned for their landaï mask-boards intended to animate the initiation rites of the poro association which structures their society, and which represent spirits of the bush. As soon as the landaï mask appeared, the initiates went to the forest to stay there for a month during which they would be taught. At the end of this journey, ...


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290.00

Kuba neck support
African art > Head rest > Kuba neck support

The African sculptures held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, bear refined decorative motifs, parallel lines, intersecting, checkerboards. Objects of daily use are also embellished with them, such as this double headrest whose caryatic figures refer to the animal totems of the clan and to the ancestors. Glossy dark brown patina, mahogany reflections. Desication cracks (plateau).
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king today. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to exhibit decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the ...


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170.00

Yaka Neck support
African art > Head rest > Yaka Neck support

Among the ritual charms of matrilineal leaders and heads of families, this type of neck support named musaw or m-baambu, makes part of African tribal art objects related to prestige. These dignitaries, who kept them in their bedrooms, sought to preserve their sophisticated headdresses.
Some of these sculptures had magical charges inserted into discreet cavities.
Satin honey patina, small accidents.
Hierarchical and authoritarian, made up of formidable warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the prestige that results from it are nowadays an opportunity for the Yaka to invoke the ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms linked to the "khosi" institution. The youth initiation society is ...


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170.00

Chokwe Neck support
African art > Head rest > Chokwe Neck support

African headrest, an element of African furniture which, in addition to being used in a ritual context, preserves the voluminous traditional headdresses of its owners. This neckrest stands out thanks to its animal motif, its smooth and shiny patina, and the insertion of upholstery nails. The Chokwe and their neighbors in Angola produced various seats and headrests with zoomorphic designs for dignitaries. Desiccation cracks.

Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subject to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sacredness of power. However, the Chokwé never fully adopted these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they ended up seizing the capital of the Lunda, ...


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Fang Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Fang Mask

Humblet Art Dealer Collection of African Tribal Art Fang
Of an unusual structure thanks to the eccentric volume of the upper part of the face, this African mask framed by marked ears offers a striking appearance. Two-tone matt patina. Minor abrasions and cracks.
This type of mask was used by the ngil male society that no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The bearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by pointing out the culprits of bad actions within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaoundé in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, has never had political unity. ...


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390.00

Pendant Pende
African art > Jewelry, ornament > Pendant Pende

Belgina collection of african art .

This type of miniature masks , often carved in ivory, were worn as pendants before independence, symbolizing resistance to colonization.
The Western Pendes live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Orientals settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu have been imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, assume a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc... The masks of initiation and those of power , the minganji , represent the ancestors and occur ...


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Songye Fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

Belgian collection of African art
This piece features the distinctive graphic characteristics of the Songye, characterized by angular shapes. Traditionally, the magical power of banksishi (or Nkishi) is reinforced by the addition of accessories such as talismans, metallic elements, seeds, shells, like the loincloth present here, and sometimes by small leather bags. The absence of the usual horn at the top, which often symbolizes magical charge, indicates that this piece has been desecrated. Its light golden patina, inlaid with white clay, gives it a particular aesthetic.
These protection fetishes, intended for homes, are among the most popular in Africa, playing the role of mediators between gods and men. The Songyes, in the 16th century, migrated from the Shaba region to ...


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Figure Buyu
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Figure Buyu

This janiform sculpture with hollowed-out pupils, projected into large bleached cavities, is carried by a base evoking traditional African stools. This object is associated with the worship of the water spirit Kalunga , among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The Bembe have comparable statuettes. Satiny patina, desication cracks.
Fral flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu, within the same territories. The Bassikassingo , considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has traced their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami Lega. The traditions bembé and boyo are relatively similar They venerate the spirits of nature, water ...


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Dan Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Dan Mask

Thick braided raffia mats here realistically frame a face with fine, protruding features. Semi-matte black patina. Abrasions.
The Dan masks, of various styles, generally occur during very theatrical entertainment festivals where women play a leading role. The so-called "mocking" mask called Déanglé defines an ideal of beauty and benevolence because it is sculpted in honor of the young girls of the village or renowned men. Each mask had a name linked to its function. Also used during circumcision rites, they appear in the company of the gle sö singing masks and the large go ge masks relating to the go society, who exercises justice and maintains social stability.


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