Spring 2019

Igbo <em>Okoroshi Agiriga</em> mask

Igbo Okoroshi Agiriga mask

Country: Nigeria

Material: wood

Height: 35 cm

Igbo mask Country: Nigeria Material: wood Height: 35 cm Pedigree: purchased in Paris in the fifties by the famous Bulgarian writer Bogomil Raynov (1919 - 2007) These masks are used by male dancers and it is called Okoroshi. It embodies the character of agiriga. It is danced during favorable periods in the agricultural agenda. The main festival where it occurs announces the eating of the new yam, the important and prestigious Ibo food. This is the Okoroshi grandma festival. The white masks are positive and fairly rare.
An extensive and locally explicit dualism marks this masquerade. White or light colored masks are female, benign, and represent the order of the village, whereas dark ones are male, more or less dangerous, and associated with the mystery of the bush or forest.
This type of mask is from Mgbala Agwa, south western Igbo area.
Makonde figure

Makonde figure

Country: Tansania - Mozambique

Material: hardwood

Height: 38 cm

Almost all Makonde sculptures were included in museum collections at the beginning of the 20th century. They are very rare. They are called masinamu (singular lisinamu). They represent the mythical ancestors of the clan. Similar objects are located in the Tribal Art Museums in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig and Lisbon.
Makonde mask

Makonde mask

Country: Tansania - Mozambique

Materials: wood, hair

Height: 31 cm

This is a so-called lipiko mask, which in the Makonde language means helmet mask.
Yoruba <em>agere ifa</em>,  figure with a Batá drum

Yoruba agere ifa, figure with a Batá drum

Country: Nigeria

Material: wood

Height: 33 cm

Regional style: Ibarapa?

A Batá drum is a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one end larger than the other. The percussion instrument is used primarily for the use of religious or semi-religious purposes for the native culture from the land of Yoruba, located in Nigeria, as well as by worshippers of Santería in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and in the United States. The Batá drum's popular functions are entertainment and to convey messages. Its early function was as a drum of different gods, drum of royalty, drum of ancestors and drum of politicians. Batá drum impacted on all spheres of life.
The drummer is wearing a cup on the head. It is therefore an object that is part of the Ifa oracle, an agara ifa . There are 16 sacred palm nuts in the pan that, spread out on a plate, make it clear which of the 16 verses the Ifapriest recites for the counselor of that oracle. The Yoruba people express respect and submission to their deities (orisha), which is shown here in a kneeling posture.
Three more drummers are known as part of an agere ifa . One was owned by Boris Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg. A copy that was auctioned at Sotheby's, London, on 6/24/1985 and where the age is estimated at around 200 years. A third copy of which the dish was broken off was acquired by Leo Frobenius in 1912 and now resides in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin. All these figures use a Batá mother drum. All three are also in a kneeling posture.
Cross River figure

Cross River figure

Country: Nigeria

Material: wood

Height: 24 cm

This figure was attached to a hood that was worn on the head. This is also done a lot with neighboring Ekoi and Boki.
Lobi bird <em>pu</em>

Lobi bird pu

Country: Ghana - Burkina Faso - Ivory coast

Material: hardwood

Height: 22 cm Length: 38 cm

Exhibition: Schiedam.Corneille, zijn wereld. Stedelijk Museum 22 September 2018 - 3 February 2019.

If the owner of the bird is in any danger while he works in his fields, visits market places, travels, or otherwise is out of the house, the bird will request the man to go immediately to a soothsayer. This bird is a turtle dove pu.
Igbo gong with a head

Igbo gong with a head

Country: Nigeria

Materials: wood, iron

Height: 33,5 cm

Loma mask

Loma mask

Country: Liberia - Guinee

Material: wood, iron (pins)

Height: 29 cm

Pedigree: Jan Dierickx Piet and Ida Sanders, Schiedam, who bought it from above.

This is a landa mask from the poro society.
Igbo figure

Igbo figure

Country: Nigeria

Material: bronze

Height: 13 cm

This is a mysteriuos object. We don't know anything about its use or its signicance.
Yurkun vessel

Yurkun vessel

Country: Nigeria

Material: terracotta

Height: 42 cm

This vessel is called Mbirhlen'nda ga'anda. These vessels protect agains destructive forces,
Lobi figure with child

Lobi figure with child

Country: Burkina Faso

Material: dense wood

Height: 29,5 cm

Artist: Sikiré Kambiré, Gaoua. Early 20th century.

Pedigree: Christies, Paris.

Ogoni mask

Ogoni mask

Country: Nigeria

Material: wood

Height: 19 cm

Exhibition: Schiedam. Corneille, zijn wereld. Stedelijk Museum 22 September 2018 - 3 February 2019.

The elu masks are small and equipped with a movable lower jaw. Elu masks, such as this one, are danced by young members of secret men’s societies that have social, religious, or governmental functions. The small masks are attached to cone-shaped caps of fiber and cloth that cover the heads of the dancers. They are usually danced at annual festivals or at funerals of members of the societies. Elu is an older, and more delicate, form of Ogoni masquerade than the newer genre.
Ewe? twins

Ewe? twins

Country: Togo

Material: wood

Height: 18,5 and 20 cm

Vere figure

Vere figure

Country: Nigeria

Material: wood

Height: 28 cm

Little is known about the origin and meaning of these objects. They are rare and the precise origin is usually vague.
The plasticity of this figure is remarkable.
Ndebele apron

Ndebele apron

Country: South Africa

Materials: leather, beads

Heihgt: 57 cm