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Statues Fang
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statues Fang

Ex-French tribal art collection.
Ritual sculptures of African Fang art.
Of majestic proportions, this pair of guardian statues of reliquary " eyema " (from yem: know) presents the characteristic morphology of the protective fetishes of reliquary linked to the traditional rite of the Byéri, cult of the Fang stoms of Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. These statues also appeared during the rites of the So society that structuring the Fang society. The rites of the Ngil, feared by the population, also achieved social justice by unmasking the sorcerers. The so initiations took place every three years, during which boxes containing the relics of ancestors, masks and statues were presented to novices and their symbolism revealed. These slender-bodied effigies show a ...

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

Actor of the social order, the African mask Dan would be, according to Eberhard Fisher, of feminine or masculine type. The almond-shaped face, coated with a black patina, is pierced with circular holes encircled with metal. A sumptuous raffia headdress and a small beard complete the ensemble. Smooth satin patina.
The masks equipped with round orbits (named gunyeya or gunye ge), facilitating vision, are part of the set of Dan masks northern and are used for racing events during the dry season. The zapkei ge

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Baule Waka Sona statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baoule colon

This statuette is represented frontally, in a confident posture, hands in the pockets. The oversized feet are joined. Abraded polychrome patina. Some sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of ...

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Beembe statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Beembe statue

The Beembé are appreciated in African art for the care and finishing given to the sculptures of ancestors.
Couple of statues figured side by side. Intricate keloid tattoos are drawn in relief from the chest to the pubis. These scarifications bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which an individual has been subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond-shaped eyes are encrusted with horn. This type of sculpture formed a support intended for the rituals of the Lemba society, with a view to healing for example. Golden satin patina, dark highlights, deep erosions.
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 Babembé group, ...

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Baule mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baule mask

Appearing nowadays during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask of the "Moon" type integrates all the masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the arc- rainbow and the moon, and "warms up" the scene before larger masks appear.
This unusual circular mask, presenting several intertwined faces, is also surmounted by a statuette sculpted in the round. Smooth, satiny, black-brown patina, residual kaolin encrustations.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, includes a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main features of the face of a very beautiful young girl or a remarkable man, ...

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Zande Nazeze figure fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Zande figure

A bust in capsule, punctuated with a cowrie, established on two legs, the whole surmounted by a voluminous head, blind, where the size of the ear pavilions calls out... the whole is articulated with creativity for this statuette of the Mani-Yanda cult. Satin patina. Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name 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. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the early 20th century, the Mani, exalting the importance of women. Their ...

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Chamba mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Chamba mask

The Nam Gbalang or Lang Badna mask is a powerful symbol associated with the Vara cult dedicated to a protective genius.

It appears during the Kaa festival rites of passage and at high-grade funerals.
It is likened to the buffalo; it represents the wild spirit of the bush with all its powers and its dangerousness.
According to some, this mask represents a queen whose chamba line claims descent from the forest buffalo.
The rounded dome of the mask symbolically represents the idea of ​​death as it depicts a skull, a relic taken from the tomb of an elder.

The other characteristics are related to the wild world of nature, thus the mouth symbolizes the jaws of the crocodile, while the horns are those of the forest buffalo.
The Nam ...

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Kwéré pin
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kwéré pin

Prestige pin with traditional doll motif.
Smooth light brown satin 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 and even appears on burial posts.

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Tabwa mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Tabwa mask

Mask of modest proportions depicting a face with fine features, shared with linear scarifications crossing the forehead, the temples, and the cheeks. Circular ear flaps frame the face.
Honey brown patina, abrasions and desication cracks.
Height on base: 34 cm.

The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the region along Lake Tanganyika, between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or "being tied down" presumably refers to the system of slavery once practiced by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa later regained their independence through the riches provided by the ivory trade. Just as the influence of the Luba is perceptible in the societies and rites of the Tabwa, the Tanzanian tribes have also marked the Tabwa statuary with regard to geometric decorative motifs.

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Bobo mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bobo mask

The African animal masks of Burkina Faso
. This imposing helmet mask embodies a large West African antelope, the antelope, with high ringed horns curved backwards. Grainy brown and black patina.
Mandinka people most of whom live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the culture of the Bobo Fing is similar to that of the Bambara. They are organized into lineages headed by councils of elders. In each village altars are erected under the authority of the blacksmiths, priests of the cult of Dwo, but the Bobo also venerate secondary spirits and those of the ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks out of fiber sheets which they will wear during ceremonies in order to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. The most important ...

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

African art and fetishes nkisi
This fetish statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi) does not seem to have passed into the hands of the fetishist, the umbilical, hollowed out in cup, not having a magic charge. Other elements strengthening its "power ", and associated with rituals, such as horn, necklaces, insertion or metal veneer, being also absent. The particularity of these objects most often resides in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face whose chin blends into the beard, the mouth cracks raised in rictus, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Dark brown patina with blackish residual inlays, satin touch. Desication cracks.

These home protection fetishes are among the most prized in Africa. Nkisi plays the role of mediator ...

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

Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi) at the top of which a horn has been inserted by the point. The power of the fetish, according to the beliefs of the Songye, would be reinforced by the presence of its accessories, metal and, or, various additions of materials, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Beautiful abraded light brown patina.< br /> These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their ...

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

Figurative anthropomorphic sculpture, carved in very dense wood. Represented in a posture linked to the dance, the character offers a severe physiognomy, which a hairstyle meticulously made of glass beads softens.
Brown satin patina, cracks.
The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, form the largest group among the tribes living in north central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, marked their statuary.
The Sukuma and the Nyamézi produced statues represented in a static position, some of which, with filiform limbs, evoke the artistic creations of Alberto Giacometti. They ...

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Kaguru stool
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Kaguru stool

Old circular seat, with a slightly concave center, carried by three feet. The decoration consists of opposing geometric patterns, finely engraved on the uprights.
Contours and feet eroded.
Gray brown age patina.
In the southern coastal region of Tanzania, around Dar-es-Salaam, a relatively homogeneous group produced most of the artistic productions. It includes the Swahili, Kaguru, Doé, Kwéré, Luguru, Zaramo, Kami. Among these populations, the seats are thrones intended for the heads of lineage, each of them being under the protection of a tutelary spirit. These stools were set apart in shrines named kolelo, guarded by priests.

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Benin Plate
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Benin Plate

Ex-collection French African art.
Before the destruction of the palace of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, the divine character of kings, the Oba , was illustrated by multiple works celebrating their power. In African tribal art, glorifying war scenes were reproduced on narrative plates, in bronze, and affixed to the walls. Sumptuous bronze altars, commemorative figures of deceased chefs, majestic felines, heavy bracelets, hairs and recades were produced in quantity in many workshops of smelters according to the technique of cast iron with lost wax. During the 16th century, oba Esigie commissioned the first copper alloy plates with embossed ornamentation. Many of them were cast in pairs to symmetrically decorate the pillars or walls of the palace. Olfert Dapper describes these plaques ...

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Benin rider
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Benin rider

Benin African art is described as court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as Oba. The tradition of bronze court objects from the Benin Kingdom dates back to the 14th century. The many brass 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 altars consecrated by each new Oba. These rectangular altars were surmounted by heads, statues, carved ivory tusks, bells and staves. They were used to commemorate an oba and to get in touch with his spirit. The craftsmen of Benin also produced figures of riders on horseback, representing according to the interpretations, either a Benin king, or a Yoruba emissary of the cavalry of Oyo. It could also be Oranmiyan, who ...

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Senoufo Korobla Mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Korobla Mask

This African senoufo mask with a round head, exorbitant pupils, wide toothed jaw and zoomorphic ears, is named "c redeemer of fire" (Korobla). It is sometimes accessorized with magical attributes. Patine mate. Residual libations. Very good state of preservation.
The Senoufo, the name given to them by french settlers, are mainly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the senoufo villages.
Representations of hybrid beings, the zoomorphic African masks of Sénufo are worn by members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honour the elders or to appear at funerals, hence their name, poniugo , " funeral head". ...

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Tambour Zande
African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Tambour Zande

A zande percussion musical, this wooden idiophone is carved from a human bust. It extends in the shape of a dugout at the feet of which a character is depicted sitting, hands on ears. A long slit acts as a resonance opening. The walls are engraved with different decorative motifs. Satin patina.
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 R.D.C.(Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or "these who own a lot of land", apart from their court art consisting of spoons, receptable, pipes and ...

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