COUPLES

 

BAKONGO
Staffs 1&2

 

NYAMWEZI
Couple 16

 

EWE
Couples



AJA
Figures
 

 BAULE
Couples

 

 DOGON
Couples

 

DOGON
Doors

BAULE
Doors

FON
Couples

 

HEMBA
Couples

 

PENDE
Couple 1
SOLD

 

FANG
Couple 1
SOLD

BAMANA
Couple 1
SOLD

 

IGBO
Couple 1
16.5", $500

 

ORON
Couple 2
47", $2000

 

 LUBA
Headrests
Catalog

 

LOBI
Couples
Catalog

 

 LUBA
Offering
Bowls

 

LUBA
Couple
Stools

 

MUMUYE
Couple 72
19", $350

 

VARIOUS
Metal
Couples

 

PERE
Couples
Catalog


The couples below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 

MOSSI
Dolls 14-15
SOLD



GAN
Couple 1
SOLD

TIKAR
Couple 1
SOLD
 



MATACOM
Couple 1
SOLD

BAMANA
Chi-wara
SOLD

 

 DOGON
Metal Couples
SOLD




FON
Couple 4
SOLD


 

PENDE
Couple 1
SOLD

 

FANG
Couple 1
SOLD

BAMANA
Couple 1
SOLD

 

DOGON
Stools
SOLD

 

DOGON
Granary Doors
SOLD

 

VARIOUS
Metal Couples
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

Usually representing spirits, ancestors or the primordial couple, figures like these were placed in shrines and treated with great respect. Through a wide range of style, scale, belief and function the couples depicted share a timeless, serene equality necessary to the continuity of their societies. Traditionally, most of the couples are two freestanding figures, conceived as a unit, and posed frontally, symmetrically, in formal postures and of equal size.

Sculpted as stools and headrests, the male and female figures serve as symbolic supports, or as handles when worked into the design of bowls. Couples also appear as decorative elements on African doors.

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