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We offer you a large selection of unique pieces of African art. Coming from private collections or purchased directly “in situ”, these works are the subject of a special study to determine their provenance as well as their conditions of acquisition. We make it a point of honor to offer our customers quality works of African art, old or contemporary, acquired within the framework of an ethical market. It is the history of these pieces that we invite you to discover through our gallery and websites.

Dogon altar
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Dogon altar

This Dogon sculpture was acquired by its owner in the central part of the Bandiagara cliff, bombou-toro. Four figures surmounted by a polyhedron are leaned against a central trunk. Their feet disappear into a circular base. The stretched arms, following the narrow bust, are extended by hands resting on the bent knees.
Eroded surface imprinted with blackish residues, scattered, consecutive to the libations of use. Abrasions and desiccation cracks.
Carved for the most part on order placed by a family, Dogon statues can also be the object of worship on the part of the whole community when they commemorate, for example, the foundation of the village. However, their functions remain little known. The role of carved figures was usually to protect or heal the sick. Libations and ...

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490.00  360.00

Koulango figure
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Koulango figure

Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in Voltaic territory. The Dagomba chiefs of the Bouna kingdom would later have referred to them as "Koulam" (singular: koulango , subject, vassal). Their complex history has given rise to a no less complex culture. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the north east of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. With an animist fetish religion, they address their ancestors and the spirits of nature through sculptures in which the souls of these spirits are supposed to reside. Female figure associated with fertility, represented seated on a royal throne. The ringed neck and the hairstyle divided into shells are criteria of Koulango beauty. Polychrome pigments highlight certain details, contrasting with the black ...

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240.00  160.00

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

Atypical mask with a narrow, gracefully oblong face that can make one think of an animal's snout. Zande masks were used during the funeral ceremonies of the mani society. Satin patina.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the D.R.C.(Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs upon his death. The African tribal art of the Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", apart from their court art composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, has two types of statues: Kudu statues, 30 to 50 cm high, represent ...

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340.00  230.00

Statue Baoule
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Statue Baoule

Belgian tribal art collection.
The "inverted doubles" in the African art sculptures of Les Baule
A glossy brown-black patina magnifies this sculpture of Ivory Coast showing a seated woman nursing her child. Cracks of desiccation located on the base.
About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baule, in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke a besieged oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being ...

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370.00  290.00

Statue Baga
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Mermaid figures in African art

The cult of Mami Wata, a female genius associated with the sea, spread from Ghana and throughout West Africa. This type of sculpture, born in the 1930s, is called Yombofisa, Signal or Tiyambo in the Sitem. Yombofisa, according to David Berliner, is distinguished by a braided hairstyle adhering to the skull, and a mermaid body. Also known Yobo-fissa among the Baga Forè, it embodies the goddess of beauty and water, protecting fishermen and their villages. Known in the various groups Baga ("Tambaningo" among the Landuma), she also appears in masks during traditional and festive ceremonies. Glossy patina, golden brown with khaki highlights. Desication cracks and xylophageal damage. Missing object in one of the hands.
Mixed with Nalu and ...

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380.00  250.00

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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375.00  280.00

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

Ex-belgian African art collection.
Identifiable by its context of use, this male statue belonged to an insider of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. She could only be seen at that time. 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 objects, real metaphors referring to largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven ...

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370.00  280.00

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