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The achievements of African tribal art fascinated many European artists and collectors in the 20th century. From André Breton to Picasso, all were seized with a buying fever that quickly spread in the middle. If these sculptures are more of an artistic dimension for Westerners, it is nevertheless through their ritual sacralisation that they reveal themselves for the African peoples. Their ceremonial role confers on them a unique power that distinguishes them from other forms of ethnic art. These works were acquired (sold or offered by natives) throughout the twentieth century by ethnologists on mission or colonial cooperatives to be exhibited in museums, or integrated into prestigious private collections. This is the story of these pieces that we propose to discover through our gallery and our website.

Songye Kifwebe Mask
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This item of songye African mask, the kikashi, features hollowed-out palpebral slits, stretched towards the temples and a flat naso-frontal crest, in the form of a rib on which some blackish pigments remain. The protruding mouth was raised with a red light. Parallel furrows, encrusted with white kaolin, adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death. Areas of abrasion and a break on the back of the mask are noteworthy. The patina is dry and velvety. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the mort" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the largest embodying the (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from ...


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Large Royal Altar Head Benin
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Ex private English collection of African art.

Altar heads are famous pieces in benign art. Like the other bronzes, they were cast using the lost wax technique. These pieces are very loaded with details and patterns. This royal head with realistic features has facial scarifications and many finely detailed ornaments. A recurring feature, the warhead headdress is imposing and beautifully decorated.

The art of Benin is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as oba. The tradition of Ifè's bronze classroom objects dates back to the 14th century.

The many bronze heads and statues created by the artists of Benin were reserved for the exclusive use of the inhabitants of the royal palace and, more often than not, placed on ...

Pendé Mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This African mask of the Centre Pende has a forehead whose wrinkles depicted by bleached furrows evoke, in African tribal art hangs, resentment, impulsivity and violence, and are reserved for masks embodying frightening characters. Total height on base: 44 cm. The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the oriental settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the ...


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Fertility statue Agni
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Agni sculptor, a subgroup of the rich and famous Akan people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, is a work of a sculptor of the Agni ethnic group, a subgroup of the famous Akan people in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, this polychrome African statue comes from the vast collection of African tribal art by Mr. Guy Mercier, now deceased, consultant for the Solvay Group, which undertook it at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless derived from \


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Yoruba Opo Stake
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In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium, as illustrated by this yoruba veranda post.
A female character wears a tray on her head topped by a rider and his mount. Both have tear-shaped scarifications on the cheekbones as well as large globular eyes and strong mouths.
As often in Yoruba statuary, the patina is made up of bright colors. This polychromy has been very well preserved here.

The Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the male society egbe reinforces social norms, the aro unites farmers. The gelede has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables come together in a society called esusu.


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Bwa / Bobo Mask
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Ex-Swiss African art collection.
African masks of bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take over and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect scars of collective rites. It is therefore during various celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in order to influence the daily life of the members of the ethnic group. They appear to honor the deceased during funeral rites, and to escort souls to the realm of the dead. They also occur during agricultural festivals in order to ensure the progression of the seasons, so during the ...


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380.00 € 280.00 ( -26.3 %)

Fertility figure Yoruba
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This sculpture of African tribal art represents by its attitude an image of fertility. Facilitating communication with the sacred, it reminds the deity of his duties to men. Through the child she carries behind her back she symbolizes the protection of her people and fertility. Wearing a high crest, she also sports the three deep keloids of the Yoruba nobles on each cheek. The globular eyes, fleshy lips, are also distinctive markers of the tribal statuary Yoruba.
A lack is noted on the face, a shiny brown patina covers the wood whose cracks are due to desication.
The Yoruba traded slaves with the Europeans and especially the Portuguese before being completely subjugated to the English following a long period of infighting between the various kings or oba in place. The main ...


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Dan Gagon / Maou Mask
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Ex-French African art collection.
A curved beak-shaped mouth, evoking calao, extends the lower part of this African mask Dan Maou , Mau. With a beard that the ritual coatings have stiffened, this face that borrows the gaze of the race mask zapkei Dan , hesitating between two natures, turns into a zoomorphic piece. This type of composition is recurrent in African tribal statuary. The Dan populations of the north known as Yacouba of Côte d'Ivoire and the Maou de Touba (Maouka), after borrowing them from the mandé people neighbour, use them in secret male ceremonies including the Koma of the Maou . The eyes are surrounded by a thin red cloth that once came from the clothing of Senegalese gunners. Three metal teeth spring from the mouth. The parallel grooves surrounding the contours of ...


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Gouro Zaouli Mask
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African art Gouro.
Among the group of Mande of the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, the Gouro have been using a family of African masks associated with the dance Zaouli since the 1950s. Like the Goli masks of the Baoulé, all Guro masks come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, which is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman with the criteria of beauty specific to Guro, especially facial scarifications and lime teeth. The zaouli incarnate a mature man with a beard represented by raffia cords attached to the lower perforations of the mask contours. The Zamblé, on the other hand, embodies a bush animal, usually an antelope. The forehead occupies three-quarters of the top volume of this ...


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Fang hem mask
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African art among the Fang.

The walls of this tribal heaum mask, sculpted by the Fang ethnic group, are decorated with four similar bas-relief faces. At the top, a cruciform ridge refers to the crest hairstyle worn by the Fang, and a central opening used to insert large feathers. Punctures were made to secure the accompanying raffia collar. Linked to the cult of ancestors, the Byery, this mask was responsible for discerning troublemakers, especially sorcerers. He's coming out these days for entertainment parties.

Patine mate, abraded wood, cracked. Incisions forming geometric patterns remain weakly distinct. Formerly known as Pahouins, the Fangs form a very large ethnic group established, following migrations, in Central Africa, in the three republics of Gabon, ...


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Boulou Statue
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The animal themes Boulou in the African art of Gabon
The arched attitude and hands resting on the abdomen give this African sculpture embodying the spirit of a primate a remarkable expressiveness. The irregular, eroded surface has a patina in the form of many dark crusty residues and the white kaolin that has the primate's appearance contrasts only slightly. Desication cracks.

Situated between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to combat witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal to which the applicant identifies after his acceptance into the secret society.


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Guéré Wheat Gla Mask
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African mask of the Wé, ethnic group of western Côte d'Ivoire. The Dan, to the north, and the Wé of the south (including the Guéré, the Wobé of the north-east and the Wé of Liberia called Kran or Khran ), have made frequent borrowings due to their proximity, making the attribute delicate. n specific parts. This mask revolves around a concave surface similar to that of some dan masks, but in this case exuberant features in the form of globular eyes, a stunned nose and a broad protruding mouth highlighted by a red tissue and revealing a dentition are added to it. This Guéré mask also features a large crown of cauris and a thick necklace that mixes fabric, bells, wooden sticks and raffia. The patina is dyed with honey and medium brown tones, and kaolin residue around the eyes. The masks of ...


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Kongo fetish statuette
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Ex-Swiss African art collection.
In place of the magic charge U-002bibilongo" located on the abdomen, this naturalistic Kongo effigy has this time a protrusion adorned with a pattern forming a female sex. The distortion of the mouth evoking pain, it is probably a mediating figure, protective, therapeutic or associated with circumcision. The patina combining different shades of brown has acquired a satin feel. Desication grooves. The magic ingredients "bilongo" were frequently concealed in the receptacle on the abdomen of the face, which was otherwise sealed by a mirror. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation with the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Aggressive witchcraft kindoki is the absolute evil that must be ...


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Fang Horned Mask
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Ex-French African art collection.
It was during the initiation of young men among the Fang and Ntumu of southern Cameroon, during the ceremonies of the so or red antelope, that this African anthropozoomorphic mask with horns bent backwards was exhibited. The look formed of two thin horizontal slits sheltered under protruding eyebrows, the grimace of the mouth revealing the dentition, the contrast of colors, livid and blood, were not lacking, during the nocturnal appearances of the Fang mask, to cause a some emotion among the initiates. Erosions and xylophageal attacks now stopped. The Fang, formerly known as Pahouins, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. Their ...


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Mask Idoma Akweya
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Ex-French African art collection.
The Idoma , who are probably descendants of the Akopo, live at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs include Igbo, Cross River and Igala influences and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. The royal lineage members of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the Kwompten men's society used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals. The anthropomorphic face masks of the group akweya , Akpa district also called Okua, occur mainly during ...


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Kongo Yombe Mask
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Ex-Belgian African tribal art collection.
This African mask, made from a very light wood, was the preserve of the nganga, a soothsayer. His psychic abilities, which the Kongo thought they favoured through the taking of hallucinogenic substances, are revealed by the reddish gaze of the hollowed-out pupils. The shape of the face gives it an exaggerated character that enhances the details of the ritually smoothed dentition. These types of masks were called ngobudi in reference to a terrible, terrifying thing. The headband and visor hairstyle is reminiscent of those of some female figures of Kongo statuary. The unpolished surface has a light brown-grey and beige patina. These masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by fetishists during healing rituals. At the same time, ...


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Statue Shango Yoruba
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This effigy of tribal art, a follower of the god Shango , judging by the double headdress and the ornaments it is adorned with, sits in order to make offerings. The emblem of the god of lightning and social justice, Shango , is a set of stone axes that he is supposed to throw from the sky during storms. The deities of the rivers are also represented by stones and by the water of the rivers associated with them. This stylized headdress representing stone axes signals the connection between the male sky and the female earth, while the child behind its back symbolizes lineage. Dark matte patina, protrusions whose luster reveals a light golden brown. The company yoruba is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While egbe men's society reinforces ...


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Mumuye Sukuru Shoulder Mask
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The Mumuye in African art.
South of the Benoué River, in an area of difficult access that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups named dola . Their statues iagalagana were stored in a box, tsafi, reserved for this purpose, while another box, java , housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige . This type of mask is found in the northwest region of the benue middle, from Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations. The statuary emanating from this area is distinguished by a relative lack of ornamentation and a clean stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two ...


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Statuette Lega Nkumba or Mulima
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Ex-Italian African art collection.
African tribal statuette janiform without arms and endowed with a single foot in "z", belonging to an insider of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations. According to Elisabeth L.Cameron, these zigzag effigies are linked to the high-ranking women of Bwami whose phallic-shaped headgear is also named nkumba . When the figure is carried upside down, it is then called mulima (bat). The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where 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 metaphors, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit ...


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Bamileke Face Mask
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The African art of the Bangwa, sub-ethnic Bamileke, in the African art of the Grasslands of Cameroon
Residual inlays of "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood some of which are smeared during the ceremonies of rejoicing, and which, after being grated, is kept in carved wooden containers, alternate with a crusty matte patina. Protruding features make up an expressive appearance, characteristic of the Bangwa village. Indigenous repair. The Bamoun live in an area that is both full of wooded reliefs but also savannahs. This large territory called Grassland in southwestern Cameroon is also home to other close ethnic groups such as the Bamiléké and Tikar. Stylistically, one feels the influence of this interethnic promixmity by common traits on the pieces of art, such ...


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Gelede Yoruba Mask-Heaume
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The Gelede in African art.
In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask in the form of a janiform hem is accompanied by its costume in cotton cloth and colorful velvet. It is used for the rejoicing dances of the Gelede society, and on the occasion of the funeral of its followers. Two smaller faces fit sideways on the mask, associated with one of the many gods of the Yoruba pantheon.These masks occur in pairs, each with a specific name. Under the mask, two openings lined with cauris have been arranged in the fabric for the dancer's vision. The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers through a cult of fertility, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and which can be used for profit but also ...


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