Ritualistic and spiritual relics of the early tribal Africans. Various time periods with similar religious practices _ divinations and the arts. ARTIFACTS USED BY AFRICAN TRIBES IN COMMUNICATING WITH SPIRITS.
This is a collection of prehistoric skulls and weapons. The weaved background was added to hold the pieces together in this shape. This artifact is 19th century and for ceremonies.
This shrine head is dated to 11th-14th century. Many “human heads” were found buried in the ground beneath trees and other places. They may have been for sacrificial or ritualistic ceremonies.This sculpture made with Terracotta; a clay like materiel, has definite textures carved into the piece. There are multiple lines running the length of the face. This was a common art practice of this Nigerian area.
Early in African culture (12th-15th century) in Nigeria this sculpture of a human’s realistic face was found. Many “human heads” were found buried in the ground beneath trees and other places. They may have been for sacrificial or ritualistic ceremonies. 10.5 X 6 X * inches in size. Head of a King
This is an 18th century mask worn by members of the powerful religious and secret society, Ngil. The masked is colored with pale clay, which makes it more representative of a ghost or spirit. The Ngil hunted and brought justice to sorceress in Africa as far as the civilized world knows. Much of the Ngil culture and history was forgotten when the French banned their “ritualistic murders”.
This was a divination object from Congo_19th century. The figure is made of wood and has nails violently driven into the body of the figure. There are many other materials decorating the figure; things like feathers, bones, leather, metal, glass, fabrics and cowrie shell. This Power Figure is 720 cm tall.
This wooden staff was used in ceremonies in the 19th century. The staff is made of iron, wood, and organic materials. The spiritual women are characterized on the staff by two women clutching their breasts. The women have traditional tribal scarification marks on their abdomens. There is a shiny, slightly sticky finish over the staff that leaves this artifact rather smooth and resinous.
This was a beaker used as a container for sacrificial ceremonies in Nigeria. The woman’s body is adorned with scarification and beautiful African characteristics. This could have been used for many spiritual communications_ 19th century.
Feasts were regular affairs with ceremonies like burials and sacrifice. This is a decorative ladle used at meals. Africans were often believed to be cannibalistic so you just don’t know what type of connection to spirits it may possess. This ladle is made of wood and copper. The materials were hand crafted in prestige of what the artifact was used for.
This humanoid face is made from clay. There are other materials used in the decoration of the wooden rattle shape. The artifact is 22.5 x 16.5 x 3.5 in which means this is a prime size to have been worn as ornamentation like a headpiece or necklace. Not much description for what it was used for but was indeed an African ritual artifact.
This artifact is large. It is 45 inches of wood carved into a headdress. In tribal culture in Guinea, the women dancers are called Bagas. The “bagas” wore these headdresses. The headdress symbolized fertility. There are intricate lines and patterns on the head of the animal headdress.
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