Located at 34 rue Mazarine, in the heart of the premier art district in Paris, the Olivier Castellano Gallery offers tribal art sculptures from ancient collections and rigorously selected for both their age and their plastic qualities.
The items shown in the archives category were sold by the gallery in the last years.
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Dogon Soninke, Mali
Ancient French collection.
Arts anciens du Mali Galerie Renaud Vanuxem, 2007 page 115.
Lukwakongo small mask
Lega, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Collection of a Belgian doctor who went to Congo in the 50-60s’
Galerie Bernard Dulon, Paris.
Lobi, Burkina Faso
Collected by Franz Burkard
Collection Thomas G.B. Wheelock, New York
Collection Patrick Girard, Lyon
Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Kunst und Religion der Lobi, 1981
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of
Divination, 25 avril – 30 juillet 2000
Meyer, Kunst und Religion der Lobi, 1981 : 116, n° 141
LaGamma, Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination, 2000 : 77
Roy & Wheelock, Land of Flying Masks, 2007, n° 214
Like Werner Schmalenbach said, the essence of art is found when shape meets expression as one cannot exist without the other. Tribal Art adds to these two necessary qualities a third one; the signs of ritual usage marked deeply in the materials, a patina that gives tribal sculptures such a particular soul. It is the meeting of these three qualities that make a great tribal art item.