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Dyonyeni (or Jonyeleni) statue, Bambara, Mali
Dyonyeni (or Jonyeleni) statue, Bambara, Mali
€ 35,000.00

Statue dyonyeni
Bambara - Mali

Bois très belle patine d'usage sombre résultant de nombreuses et multiples utilisations tribales. Traits géométriques, seins proéminents. Position du corps fléchie, les bras détachés du corps dans une distorsion peu anatomique, mais néanmoins très esthétique, enserrent une coupe. Les pieds sont noyés dans le socle. Les forgerons de de la société Dyo les ont utilisés durant les danses célébrant la fin de leur cérémonies d'initiation. Elles étaient manipulées, tenues par les danseurs et placées à l'intérieur d'un cercle  cérémoniel.

Dyonyeni (or Jonyeleni) statue, Bambara, Mali
Dyonyeni (or Jonyeleni) statue, Bambara, Mali
€ 35,000.00
Ciwara mask, Bambara, Mali
Ciwara mask, Bambara, Mali
€ 25,000.00
Ntomo mask, Bambara, Mali
Ntomo mask, Bambara, Mali
€ 6,000.00
Hare-shaped mask, Bambara, Mali
Hare-shaped mask, Bambara, Mali
€ 12,000.00
Hyena-shaped mask, Bambara, Mali
Hyena-shaped mask, Bambara, Mali
€ 10,000.00
Ciwara mask, Bambara, Mali
Ciwara mask, Bambara, Mali
€ 55,000.00
Ciwara mask, Bambara, Mali
Ciwara mask, Bambara, Mali
€ 10,000.00


The Authenticity of African Sculptures

by Henri Kamer

The issue of authenticity of African art has been central to collectors for decades.  Henri Kamer, who was president of the International Arts Experts Association at the time, published an outstanding account of the state of the matter in Artes d'Afrique Noire, No. 12 (1974).  The text  that follows is extracted from an English translation of that article, and has been edited further.  The original includes a number of illustrations.  They are not included here because I believe the text suffices without them. 

The original version, including the illustrations, in French and with the English translation, is 

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Image Masks of Black Africa
SEGY Ladislas
Masks of Black Africa
Détails sur le produit: - Broché: 248 pages - Editeur: Dover Publications Inc. (6 septembre 1976) - Langue: Anglais - ISBN-10: 048623181X - ISBN-13: 978-0486231815
Descrizione libro: Dover Publications, NY, 1976. First Edition; 4to, 248 pages. Comprehensive study of Arican masks, profusely illustrated with 264 b&w photographs of masks from all parts of Africa, each identified by tribe, place of origin, and ritual use. Includes masks of the Dogon, Bambara, Senufo, Guere (Ngere)-Wobe, Baule, Kuyu, Yoruba, Baga, Bapende, Bwa, Bobo-Fing, Ibo, and many other tribes. Lengthy introductory essay discussing the psychology of the masks, roles of the dancer, naturalism vs. abstraction, carving styles, the place of the carver in tribal society, and much other background material. Extensive tribal location map at the front. A Dover original first edtion. Fine, in illustrated
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Image African Sculpture
ROBBINS M. Warren - Robert H. Simmons et Richard Walters
African Sculpture
Détails sur le produit:
Relié: 240 pages - Editeur: Schiffer Publishing (juillet 2007) - Langue: Anglais 
ISBN-10: 0764323326 - ISBN-13: 978-0764323324
Descrizione libro: 
A comprehensive introduction to the vast range of tribal sculpture from Africa is presented in this photographic survey. Ashanti fertility dolls, Bambara dance headpieces, Bachokwe staff heads, and Bakuba boxes are included in 347 works from Senegal to the Congo regions, Mali to Sierra Leone. This book provides a tremendous opportunity for Africans and non-Africans alike to view the diversity, expressive quality, and sheer evocative power of African art, and to gain a better understanding of one of the great heritages of mankind. Warren Robbins presents the pieces from the perspective of two civilizations -- Africa and the West. Believing that the works are classical rather than primitive art, his sensitive analysis of the stylistic refinements of the various tribes past and present emphasizes the importance of preserving this art for posterity. The text and captions are presented in both English and
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Image Bamana
Détails sur le produit: Broché: 142 pages, 240 x 165 mm - Editeur: Five Continents Editions; Édition: illustrated edition (7 mai 2009) - Collection: Visions of Africa Series - Langue: Anglais 
ISBN-10: 8874393482 - ISBN-13: 978-8874393480
Book Description: The aim of this book is to focus on the aesthetic qualities of the masterpieces of Bamana (or Bambara) religious art in Mali and to resituate them in their social, aesthetic and cultural context. The emphasis will be on pieces used in rites of passage (Ntomo, funerals), or by agricultural cooperatives (ton, deme), and initiation societies (Kore, Jo, Komo, Kono, Tyiwara, Namakoro). The pieces that are sublime to Western eyes are just as marvellous in the field, precisely because they stand at the crossroads of religion, aesthetics and politics. Visions of Africa is a series devoted to the arts of Africa grouped according to the different populations. Each volume follows two main guidelines: one, visual and aesthetic, offers a selection of photographs of masterpieces while the other, theoretic and contextual, explores, for a broad public, the significance of these items within the population that created them. The series presents a set of introductory books for readers wishing to discover the arts of the different populations and of reference books for those who intend to learn more about
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Agenda des expositions d'Art primitif



février 2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Senoufo
mars 2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Senoufo
avril 2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Dogon
mai  2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Dogon
juin  2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Dogon
juillet  2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Dogon
août 2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Dogon
septembre  2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Yoruba
octobre 2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Yoruba
novembre 2011 Exposition d' art primitif à la galerie : Yoruba
décembre 2011 Exposition d'
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Image Bambara


41 rue de Verneuil 75007 PARIS

December 4, 2009 EXHIBITION IN February 4, 2010


The Bambara (or Bamana) are one of the most famous and most studied of West Africa. They occupy the whole central part of Mali is the largest ethnic group constitutes the country. Their artistic production, early discovery in France because of the introduction of French settlers in the region, is very popular with art collectors of West Africa. The diversity of this production (masks, statues, religious objects ...), due to complexity of cosmology and the system of religious thought has always fascinated the Europeans, especially the French, on their territory from the beginning twentieth century. Perpetual exchange of different groups of West African Bambara allowed to create art with many complex symbols, creating hybrid objects (such as headdresses ciwara) or embodying an aesthetic ideal (female figures jonyeleni).

The Eye Gallery and the Main has a new exhibition celebrating the diversity of Bambara art and creativity of its artists, who have shaped objects and powerful complex valued and exhibited

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Image Coiffures africaines

Exhibition "African Hairstyles"

After the monographic exhibitions devoted to ethnic Mumuye and Bambara, the gallery's eye and the hand begins 2010 with an exhibition on the theme of the often overlooked African hairstyle. Often overlooked as belonging to the sphere of the arts "popular", hair is however of particular importance in Africa, both aesthetically and symbolically.

The hairstyle can both grow its appearance but also to affirm their identity or social status. Some hairstyles are immediately identifiable, such as hairstyling splayed Mangbetu of the Democratic Republic of Congo or the hairstyles solidified ocher Namibia. Others refer to a hierarchical system more complex. Ancient art, hair is also found in modern African art production, through paintings advertising kiosks hairdressers or barbers, or in African-American fashion. Both ornaments and symbols of identity, the hairstyles worn by different ethnic groups are reflected in their art. Although they represent gods or ancestors, masks and statues are the hairstyles of the living.

In Africa the hairstyle is still practiced by family members or trusted friends. In addition to the social aspects of the event, the hair, placed in the hands of enemies, could become an ingredient in the production of dangerous charms or "medicines" that could hurt their owners. Mostly it is women cap the women and men that cap men.

As scarification, hairstyles to identify gender, ethnicity, stage reached by the person in the cycle of life, status and personal taste. Scholars,

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Image Ventes aux enchères à venir

Ventes Arts Premiers

"Les Arts Premiers,  Arts Primitifs ou Art Tribal sont présent en Afrique (Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, République Démocratique du Congo, Bénin, Gabon…), avec les civilisations Bambaras, Dan, Fang, Dogons, Bozos, Sénoufos... mais aussi en Océanie (Australie, Papouasie, Nouvelle Guinée, Vanuatu…), en Asie et en Amérique (Mexique, Amazonie, Inuit…). Les objets sont traditionnels : masques, statuettes, poupées, fétiches, boucliers, poteaux, tabourets…"

Ventes aux enchères : juin 2010

Samedi 05
  • Archéologie - Art africain et océanien 83440 Montauroux - Pays de Fayence Enchères & Estimations

Dimanche 13

  • Art Africain et océanien - Vente Kerchache 75008 Paris, Drouot Montaigne - Pierre Bergé

 Drouot Montaigne  

Le samedi 12    dimanche 13 juin

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The discovery of "primitive art": an art of strength
Shapes and shape functions
Deities and ancestors
The living wood

Force and Measurement

Develop an aesthetic of black Africa is seen as a risky business in many ways. Is it legitimate to isolate these objects, that today we call art, the general framework of their relations and their cultural constraints? Can we submit to a test that has never existed in the minds of their creators? And can we finally see in this art - if we 'take on this term - a uniform phenomenon, despite the wide variety of both regional and local styles we offer this huge continent, following lengthy Historical developments often poorly understood? Finally, remember that this approach excludes large regions, including Africa white, that is to say the Mediterranean area with its ancient history, the eastern and southern Africa whose pastoral peoples have given rise to cultures almost without images, and finally these hunting societies, which, even in our time have not passed the stage of evolution of prehistoric rock paintings which are the main evidence of an artistic production that appears at various points the continent. Similarly, we must exclude from our contribution to the aesthetics of black African art the old feudal societies, including Benin. Our discussion is therefore limited to large areas farmers, the true cradle of

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Maurice Delafosse
Maurice Delafosse (1870-1926) est un administrateur colonial français, africaniste, ethnologue, linguiste, enseignant et essayiste prolifique.


Détail de la carte linguistique de Delafosse (1904) montrant la région où l'on parle le nafaanra (Nafana) à la frontière de la Côte d'Ivoire et du Ghana
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Ernest François Maurice Delafosse naît le 20 décembre 1870 à Sancergues dans le Cher, dans une famille catholique. Après une scolarité secondaire brillante, il entreprend d'abord des études de médecine à Paris. Très vite intéressé par les questions coloniales, il s'inscrit en 1890 à l'École spéciale des langues orientales et suit des cours d'arabe.

Un an plus tard, il interrompt ses études pour rejoindre en Algérie l'Institut des Frères armés du Sahara, organisme fondé par le cardinal Charles Lavigerie pour notamment combattre la traite des Noirs dans le Sahara. Il n'y reste que quelques mois, revient à Paris pour terminer son diplôme aux Langues
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African art

African art constitutes one of the most diverse legacies on earth. Though many casual observers tend to generalize "traditional" African art, the continent is full of peoples, societies, and civilizations, each with a unique visual special culture. The definition also includes the art of the African Diasporas, such as the art of African Americans. Despite this diversity, there are some unifying artistic themes when considering the totality of the visual culture from the continent of Africa.

    * Emphasis on the human figure: The human figure has always been a the primary subject matter for most African art, and this emphasis even influenced certain European traditions. For example in the fifteenth century Portugal traded with the Sapi culture near the Ivory Coast in West Africa, who created elaborate ivory saltcellars that were hybrids of African and European designs, most notably in the addition of the human figure (the human figure typically did not appear in Portuguese saltcellars). The human figure may symbolize the living or the dead, may reference chiefs, dancers, or various trades such as drummers or hunters, or even may be an anthropomorphic representation of a god or have other votive function. Another common theme is the inter-morphosis of human and animal.

Yoruba bronze head sculpture, Ife, Nigeria c. 12th century A.D.

    * Visual abstraction: African artworks tend to favor visual abstraction over naturalistic representation. This is because many African artworks generalize stylistic norms. Ancient Egyptian art, also usually thought of as naturalistically depictive, makes use of highly abstracted and regimented visual canons, especially in painting, as well as the use of different colors to represent the qualities and characteristics of an individual being depicted.

    * Emphasis on sculpture: African artists
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What a body?

I have a body good to me, it seems, and that's because I'm me. I count among my properties and pretend to carry him on my full sovereignty. I think therefore unique and independent. But it is an illusion because there is no human society where it is believed that the body is worth by itself. Every body is created, not only by their fathers and mothers. It is not made by one who has it, but by others. No more in New Guinea, the Amazon or Africa than in Western Europe, it is thought as a thing. Instead, it is the particular form of relationship with the otherness that constitutes the person. Depending on the perspective of comparative anthropology adopted here is that other, respectively, the other sex, animal species, the dead or the divine (secularized in the modern age, in the teleology of living). Yes, my body is what reminds me that I find myself in a world populated by example, ancestors, gods, enemies or people of the opposite sex. My body really mine? It is he who I do not belong, I is not alone and that my destiny is to live in society.

224 pages 24 x 26 cm

240 color illustrations

1 map

retail price: 45 €

isbn 2-915133-17-4

Co-published Branly / Flammarion

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Germaine Dieterlen, née à Valleraugue (Gard) en 1903 et morte à Paris le 13 novembre 1999, est une ethnologue française.

Ancienne élève de Marcel Mauss, elle a travaillé au sein des ethnies Dogon et Bambara avec, entre autres, Marcel Griaule, Jean Rouch, Solange de Ganay et Denise Paulme.
Elle débuta ses recherches au Mali en 1937 où elle poursuivit les travaux entamés par le répérage de la mission Dakar-Djibouti (voir Dakar et Djibouti) de Griaule et consorts.
Elle a été Directeur d'Etudes à l'École pratique des hautes études EPHE (Sorbonne) avec charge d'enseignement.

De 1956 à 1975 elle succède à Marcel Griaule comme secrétaire générale de la Société des africanistes.
En 1962 elle fait partie de l'équipe du CNRS RCP n°11 Objet et méthodes d'une ethnosociologie comparée de l'Afrique noire.
Fin 1968, la RCP 11 évolue, sous la direction de Germaine Dieterlen, pour devenir le Groupe de Recherche 11, sous le nom de Étude des phénomènes religieux en Afrique occidentale et équatoriale.

En octobre 1971 elle préside le colloque La notion de personne en Afrique noire dont les actes du même nom

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Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With a billion people (as of 2009, see table) in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.8% of the World's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Not counting the disputed territory of Western Sahara, there are 53 countries, including Madagascar and various island groups, associated with the continent.

Africa, particularly central eastern Africa, is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae tree (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago – including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (human) found in Ethiopia being dated to ca. 200,000 years ago.

Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.


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Empire peul du Macina

L’Empire peul du Macina, appelé « Diina », est un empire théocratique fondé au XIXe siècle par le marabout peul Sékou Amadou de clan Barry. Il s’étend sur une partie du Mali actuel, de Tombouctou au nord, au pays Mossi au sud, de la Mauritanie à l’est à la région de Mopti, avec Hamdallaye comme capitale.

Les peuls, venus du Fouta Toro, s’étaient installés dans la région vers la fin du XIVe siècle. Au début du XIXe siècle, les « ardos », chefs de clan peuls, de clan Dicko, contrôlaient la région.

Sékou Amadou, exilé à Noukouma après avoir rencontré des problèmes avec les oulemas de Djenné, y livre sa première bataille en 1818 contre les ardos, alliés au Fama (roi) de Ségou. C’est la victoire qui le conduit à déclarer le Jihad et à conquérir Djenné un an plus tard en 1819. Il fait raser la grande mosquée construite par le roi Koi Koumboro et fait édifier une nouvelle mosquée.

Il fonde alors un empire théocratique qu’il nomme diina, ce qui signifie « foi en l’islam ». Il divise son empire en 5 régions, chacune dirigée par un gouverneur militaire et un conseil religieux. Il fonde la ville
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Royaume bambara de Ségou

Le Royaume bambara de Ségou s’étend sur grande partie de l’actuel Mali entre la fin du XVIIe siècle et 1861.

Au milieu du XVIIe siècle, les Bambaras créent avec Kaladjan Coulibaly un royaume animiste autour de Ségou. Kaladjan Coulibaly règne pendant trente ans (1652-1682) mais ne réussit pas à fonder un État stable. Ses successeurs seraient les rois Danfassari (1682-1697) et Souma (1697-1712).

C’est avec Mamari Coulibaly, dit Biton Coulibaly, que le royaume va asseoir son autorité. Mamari Coulibaly, fils de chasseur, était reconnu par ses pairs comme chef d’un « ton ». Le « ton » est un regroupement, sur une base égalitaire, de jeunes d’une même classe d’âge d’un village qui se réunissent régulièrement notamment pour boire la fameuse bière de mil, le « dolo ». Biton Coulibaly structure les tons en véritable armée de métier composés de volontaire, les « tondjons » (serviteurs du ton) mais où sont également incorporés d’office les captifs de guerre et les habitants qui n’arrivent pas à payer l’impôt obligatoire sur le dolo. S’associant aux Somono, une ethnie de pêcheurs, il crée une flotte de guerre. Biton Coulibaly règne de 1712 à sa mort en 1755. Pendant son règne, les limites du royaume s’étendent sur les deux rives du Niger, entre Bamako et Tombouctou.

Le fils de Biton, Dinkoro Coulibaly succède à son père en 1755. Il est assassiné en 1757 pour « cause de tyrannie ». Son frère, Ali Coulibaly, musulman,
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