African & Oceanic Art

Ref.S079 - Statue - SONGYE ethnic group. Origin CONGO BELGE
Traditional African art, which was also called 'Negro art', is divided into a multitude of local arts. International Museums having long neglected the art africain2, therefore most of the masterpieces are in the hands of private collectors and dealers, and some of them have achieved since the 1980s real fortunes. After various independence, many Europeans had returned to Europe with often significant collections, and little by little they have tumbled on flea markets and auction sales.
The conservation of works of African art into a museum was once unknown on this continent, works with religious or political vocations. Paradoxically, the fact that many of these works have preserved summers on other continents, especially Europe, allowed their preservation in time.

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Height CM 44,00 description product mask Kran in Côte d'Ivoire. Old exhibition more than 30 years, delivered at the base. Art African, the mask African piece is delivered with invoice and a certificate of authenticity.

Height 55,00 CM
Product description

Hides little. Ancient coin over 40 years. Delivered on base.

The Guéré refers to an ethnic group in Ivory Coast, living in the Western region of the country, near Liberia. It is installed in the departments of Bangolo, Duékoué, Guiglo and Toulépleu and lived in Éburnie for more than seven centuries. If this people lives today mainly between the Cavalla River (border Liberian), the Sassandra River (in East) and South of the 18 mountain regions, in the past it was located further to the North, in the current country Dan, but was gradually forced to hide in the forest that characterizes his region, to cause mainly Mandingo's 17th-century invasions.

The Wobes and the Guéré in reality constitute one people, the people We, artificially divided by the French colonial administration.

However, very commonly used by the Ivorians and the Guéré themselves, hardly any term is subject to controversy, since it is a term created by the settlers during the exploration and administration of remote areas of the Côte d'Ivoire colony. This term, such as Wobé, is actually an interpretation or a misunderstanding of translation, or guides who accompanied the settlers either settlers themselves.

These "Little" and "Wobé" terms considered colonial terms, indeed never existed in the language we, and as such are never used by older persons from the country we. Of many people from this region, young or older, don't support also on call them little or Wobé, non-existent words in the language we, and above all, absolutely humiliating terms only to the memory of their ancestors invaded by french settlers, at the time of the colonial conquest. [citation needed] Many people, including Wes continue to refer as Guéré.

Original piece over 40 years. Livery on base.

African art, African mask

Piece delivered with an invoice and a certificate of authenticity.

Height 39.00 CM
Product description

Mask Djimini of Côte d'Ivoire. Ancient coin over 30 years. Piece on base.

The Islamic communities living from their trade and their craft in vast areas of the North of the Ivory Coast, where they mingle with non-Muslim populations, have an institution called do or lo, which manifests itself in public mainly through high masked dances in color. In the Bondoukou region, which was once an important centre of trade, this tradition of the mask is spread among the Hwela, the Diulá and Ligbi who speak a language request. Since the 1950s, we indeed witnessing a decline in the use of the mask, a practice linked to the celebration of major Islamic holidays, including to the Eid-el-fitr festivities, which mark the end of ramadan. It is indeed through the exhibition masks, which starts late afternoon and which is accompanied by songs and dances, that the faithful traditionally express the joy that gives them the breaking of the fast. This classical mask reminds by its shape masks kpeliye'e of the Senufo, the rest likely inspired by this type of mask. The grace of the facial features, the accuracy of execution of scarifications on the forehead and cheeks, the attention to the hairstyle - similar to the one that Muslim women wear the feast days - help make this mask the representation of an ideal of feminine beauty. To complete this picture, masks are oiled, masked, and adorned with gold and silver, jewellery until the masked dancers wrapped party costumes, do their show.

African art, African mask

Piece delivered with an invoice and a certificate of authenticity.

Records & Sold

Ref.G013 - Statue - Guandoussou Bambara ethnic group. Origin MALI.

Wood hard and heavy to light patina. Splendid character to the elegant port.
Height: 121 cm.


Ref.S079 - Statue - SONGYE ethnic group. Origin CONGO BELGE - height: 68 CM - NECROPOLIS


Ref.G016 - Statue - Kala Bambara ethnic group. Origin MALI.

Dense wood with light patina. Splendid character to the elegant port.