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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.

Masque Bamana Lion
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African art > African mask > Bambara Mask

Large zoomorphic mask with a jaw articulated by rubber ties. Mate patina, dry, locally cracked revealing an old vivid paint. Abrasions, cracks and misses.
Establishes in central and southern Mali, in a savannah area, the Bambara ," Bamana " or " unbelievers ", as the Muslims have named them, belong to the great Mande group, along with the Soninke and Malinke. Mainly farmers, but also herders, they make up the largest ethnic group in Mali. In addition to their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of various size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the puppet theatre Sogow bo which is organized on the initiative of the young people of the villages, mainly in the Ségou region, and which plays an educational role. Multicolored geometric ...


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Figure Bembe / Buyu Kalunga
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African art > African Statues > Statue Buyu

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This sculpture embodies the spirit of water Kalunga, among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The female character is endowed with a head bearing the janiform heaume mask Alunga or even Echawakoba shared by the Bembé.Patine of satin use, abrasions and cracks.

Grating flows have mixed the same territories within the same territories of Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. 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 helped to trace 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 specifically among the ...

Statuette Ere Ibedji Yoruba
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African art > African Dolls > Statuette Ibeji

Wearing braids in conical buns, this female statuette depicted perched on a circular base, features a thick metal torque, wide rings on the wrists. Crusty libation residues clustered on the surface. Indigo pigments remain on the headdress. Sculpted according to the Ifa indications transmitted to the soothsayer, the babalawo , the Ibedji statuettes played the role of substitute for the death of the child.
The statues are then treated as the missing child would have been. It is the mother who must take care of it; they anoint them with oil and feed them regularly. If it disappears it is the remaining twin who takes over.
Puted as much more than a physical representation of a loved one, linked to the cult of Shango, the ibedji statues are supposed to influence the life and ...

Vase Cuba
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African art > Usual african items > Kuba cup

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Supported by a cove and two female cariatid figures established on a circular base, the cut is engraved with geometric decorative motifs borrowed from the scarifications, also taken up on the textiles in raphia shoowa. The frieze imbolo , composed of intertwined lines, garnishes the edges of the cup. Various forms of cups were carved, the adornment of which sought to glorify the qualities of their owners. Matte patina abraded.
The highly organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed a king or nyim in its centre inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. ...


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Pende Mbangu Mask
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African art > African mask > Pende Mask

The masks of disease Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer wearing this comedy mask is wearing a feather hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped aspect of the character. This Mask of Pende established in Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and a deformed mouth. It is also enhanced with contrasting colors, here faintly perceptible. The hairstyle composed of vegetable fibers and raw canvas is made around a frame of basketry. Abrasions. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners ...


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Female figure Mangbetu
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Mangbetu

Refinement of the African sculpture Mangbetu. Female statuette wearing the high headdress of the ethnic group. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. Body lines, like those of the face, include traditional ethnic paintings, inspired by tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Velvety dark patina. Slight misses.


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Zande figurines
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African art > African Statues > Zande figurines

The Zande produced two types of works, the Kudu, between 30 and 50 cm high, representing ancestors, and the statues Yanda 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani. This male figure, equipped with small crenellated arms surmounting a tubular bust widening towards protruding hips, has a characteristic face to the eye, nostrils and ears pierced with an orifice. Glossy patina from brown to black.
odies referred to as Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns ...


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Gouro Gye Mask
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African art > African mask > Gouro mask

Among the Gouro and Yohouré, these masks of the je , gye, reserved for men, personify the power of spirits, who would have formed an alliance with men. Women must hide when they appear. Mask combining different zoomorphic elements, including a curved growth at the top, and a gaping mouth, incised with teeth. Satin patina, polychrome highlights.
Among the group of Mande in the south, in the center of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the dy Zaouli. Indeed, like the African masks Goli des Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two ...


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Dogon Ceremonial Cup
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African art > African Statues > Dogon Cup

African art among the Dogon.
Frequent cavalier representations, in the African art of the Dogon of Mali, refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. This is the case for this ceremonial cut with a lid on which the hermaphrodite rider holds his mount with a bridle veiling the animal's eyes. The object is entirely coated with a crusty sacrificial coating. Slight gaps and desication cracks. One of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended on the earth carried by an arch transformed into a horse. Moreover, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, was parading on his mount at his induction because, according to custom, he was not to set foot on the ground. In the area of the sangha cliffs, inaccessible ...


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Mangbetu ointment box
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African art > African Jar > Mangbetu Box

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Boîte for honey, remedies and sometimes personal effects such as ivory hairpins, this anthropomorphic bark box once again illustrates the skill of African art sculptors among the Mangbetu. Made of bark, the box has clear residues on the internal walls. The object is equipped with a conveyor belt. The hairstyle of the statue is characteristic of that of the Mangbetu women: from an early age, the children suffered a compression of the cranial box by means of raffia ties. Later, the young women were knitting their hair on wicker strands and applied a headband to the forehead to extract the hair and produce this particular headdress that accentuates the lengthening of the head. The ancient names beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and ...


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Doll Zaramo Mwana hiti
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African art > African Dolls > Poupée Zaramo

The Zaramo and the tribes around them have designed dolls generally associated with fertility, but to which other virtues would be attributed. Its primary role is played during the period of imprisonment of the young zaramo insider. The novice will behave with regard to the object as with a child, and will dance with him during the closing ceremonies of the initiation. If the young woman does not conceive, she will adopt the child. In the Zaramo, this sculpted motif is taken up at the top of the canes, decorates ritual objects and even appears on burial poles. The shape is recurrent, a stylized head, with a dobule or single crest, overcoming a tubular bust devoid of arms where the breasts and umbilical are indicated by a slight relief. The use of pearls is common in the ornamention of the ...


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Gouro Zaouli Mask
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African art > African mask > Gouro Zaouli Mask

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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Mossi Mask
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African art > African mask > Mossi Mask

African art at the Mossi.
It is in the northern centre of the Mossi country that this type of convex African masks, with a prominent central ridge, are carved. This abstract head copy, with a zoomorphic character, is distinguished by hollowed-out holes in triangles overlooking a tubular nose shape. A central horn splits into a blade between the small vertical ears. Geometric patterns imbued with kaolin are dug on the matte and grainy surface. Stylistic similarities are sometimes noted with the zoomorphic masks of the dogon, a neighbouring people. Mossi masks, personal or lignagers, are an embodiment of tutelary spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect the crops. Genuine altars without their costume, they can receive libations ...


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Dugn be Bidjogo Mask
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African art > African mask > Bidjogo Mask

Ex-collection French African art.
This zoomorphic African mask with real horns comes from the 'a href'U'0022https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/show/bidyogo"' Bidjogo , established in the Bissagos Archipelago of about thirty islands off the coast Guinea-Bissau. On this massive piece depicting a gaping-mouthed bovine head, the noes are adorned with a metal buckle with a rope. A rope is also intertwined at the base of the horns. White pigments highlight certain organs. Cracked wood, matte patina.
The mask is worn before or at the end of the initiation ceremonies, by a young initiate " cabaro ", who will bend and pitch up, conveying the idea of a vigorous but still untamed young animal, and the need to go through the process to acquire discipline and mastery.  These ...


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Songye neck support
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African art > Head rest > Songye neck support

Used as a pillow to preserve the user's hair arrangements, the African neck rest forms a tribal object adorned with different iconographies embodying spiritual forces that are supposed to influence dreams. A caryatid figure, in a crouching position, supports with his arms widely deployed the tray of this neck support. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songy mask named kikashi, still in use today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and a beard made of natural fibers. Plateau and base are eroded. Medium-brown patina, studded inlays.br-The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the Yakitengé and local chiefs. The secret society ...


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Eket Crest Mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Eket

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Used during the Masquerades related to the Ogbom and honoring the deity of the earth, these masks were stored in the smoke ducts of the houses in order to be protected from insects. Only the men wore african crest masks during the dances that took place in front of the altars. The half-moon eyes, the shape of the upturned nose accompanied by a thin mouth are characteristic of Eket masks. Grainy black brown skate. The Ekets, based in southeastern Nigeria, are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group known for its expressive masks. It is a patrilineal society whose villages are governed by the Ekpo Ndem Isong , a group of elders and heads of extended families. Their decisions are reinforced by members of the Ekpo society who act as messengers of the ...


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba neck press

The Shankadi belong to the Luba group, and have the same associations and structures. Their mostly realistic statuary is characterized by spectacular hairstyles, a smooth surface, lower limbs of lesser size. The hairstyle "en cascade" illustrates one of the different braided compositions fashionable in Zaire in the 1800s, highlighting the social status of the wearer. The female effigy symbolizes Luba royalty, the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Hot brown oiled patina, ochre residue.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Glé Bété facial mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
The Bété are a people of farmers based on the left bank of the Sassandra River in the south-west of the Ivory Coast. Their almost non-existent statuary of African tribal art gives way to African masks particularly striking in their forms and volumes.
These masks introduced by the Niabwa were carved in order to provoke psychological conditions conducive to rituals. Each of them had a secret name and materialized the powers of the forest. At the disposal of the chef, they were exhibited during funeral ceremonies or on the occasion of the great feasts of meetings between several villages.
Once he was a mask of war and had the mission of preparing men for battle. This mask is equipped with horns turning over the mouth like the spider's paws ...


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Feathered hair "Juju" Bamileke
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African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke Hat

The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a purple feather trim.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of ...

Baga janiform crest mask
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African art > African mask > Baga Mask

Baga religious practices and African art. Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in flooded swamp regions six months a year. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku , which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest.
The Baga use various crest masks in the image of young girls, the tiyambo evoking a young puberty and the yombifissa or "belle hair". The red color chosen for the skin is associated with idealized clear skin. The long hair gathered in braids refers to the hairstyle worn by Fulani women or limba. But this mask ...


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Feathered hair "Juju" Bamileke
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African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke Hat

The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Show, worn by the notables, this copy offers a garnish of blue feathers. It was during the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, sported these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, ...





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