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par Armelle Malvoisin, Le Journal des Arts - n° 276 - 29 février 2008


En intervenant pour empêcher la vente de pièces litigieuses d’arts premiers chez Tajan, plusieurs experts parisiens posent le problème de l’expertise.

PARIS - « C’est une honte pour la maison Tajan », commentait un professionnel venu en observateur le 19 février à l’espace Tajan, à Paris, à l’occasion de la vente d’arts premiers qui s’y tenait. Cette vacation de prestige, préparée avec l’assistance de l’expert Hervé Naudy, devait être, pour la maison de ventes, le coup d’envoi du retour de Tajan dans ce domaine (lire le JdA no 275, 15 février 2008, p. 24). 

Un scénario qui a tourné au cauchemar. « La consultation du catalogue nous a interloqués », rapportent quatre marchands et experts parisiens (Bernard Dulon, Philippe Ratton, Christine Valluet pour les arts tribaux, et Jacques Blazy pour l’art précolombien) dans une lettre datée du 15 février 2008 et adressée au président du Syndicat national des antiquaires (SNA). 

Ceux-ci indiquent que de nombreux collectionneurs leur ont demandé leur avis sur l’authenticité des pièces proposées. Ils les ont donc examinées sur place au moment de leur exposition. 

Dans leur courrier, sur les 326 pièces composant au total

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Mali Empire

The Mali Empire or Manding Empire or Manden Kurufa was a West African civilization of the Mandinka from c. 1230 to c. 1600. The empire was founded by Sundiata Keita and became renowned for the wealth of its rulers, especially Mansa Musa I. The Mali Empire had many profound cultural influences on West Africa allowing the spread of its language, laws and customs along the Niger River. The Mali empire extended over an area larger than western Europe and consisted of numerous vassal kingdoms and provinces.


1235-1600's. The Mali Empire grew out of an area referred to by its contemporary inhabitants as Manden. Manden, named for its inhabitants the Mandinka (initially Manden’ka with “ka” meaning people of), comprised most of present-day northern Guinea and southern Mali. The empire was originally established as a federation of Mandinka tribes called the Manden Kurufa (literally Manden Federation), but it later became an empire ruling millions of people from nearly every ethnic group in West Africa.


The naming origins of the Mali Empire are complex and still debated in scholarly circles around the world. While the meaning of “Mali” is still contested, the process of how it entered the regional lexicon is not. As mentioned earlier, the Mandinka of the Middle Ages referred to their ethnic homeland as “Manden”.
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Africa since 1935

Research Director
Professor A. A. Mazrui (Kenya)

C. Wondji (Ivory Coast)

Arts and society since 1935

Across Africa today the arts give the show an amazing cauldron of creativity emerged with a dizzying diversity of all layers of society. Many new artistic trends date from the second half of the colonial period. Besides, some pioneers are still working today. After all, it is past two generations since 1935. But in that short time, the artistic activity was a richness and diversity as this chapter may at most trace the main lines of its evolution (1).

Initially, we must enumerate a few general features of social and cultural matrix that is all. These are: the growing impact but unevenly distributed in Europe, the growth of cities, social stratification more trenches that lead to the formation of new classes, the industrial division of time has reached the beaches of leisure may be devoted to the practice and enjoyment of the arts, the prestige associated with the technical and technical training, changing the place and role of the artist in society, past status of artisan to that of cultural soothsayer The change in attitude toward art and their use, alteration of values in general and more specifically the changing religious values. The multiplication of objects of artistic production offers new opportunities, these are just

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