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Ritual Scepter Boulou, Bulu (N° 17767)

Surmounting a hollowed-out bamboo cylinder, a protective figure kneels, his hands fixed on the contours of the mouthpiece on which are wrapped in ribbons of textile and wicker. The Simiesque effigy is surrounded by strips of red fabric. Waste of ritual libations crystallized and clustered on their surface. Satin patina.
aseblis in the equatorial forest between Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu gont part of the Fang complex that use relic sculptures as part of the cult of ancestors. Like the Fang of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou, Bulu, also practiced the ritual Ngi , Ngil in order to fight witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the anthropoid monkey, a fearsome animal to which the applicant identifies after his acceptance into the secret society. (African Art, Mazenod).

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Originex-collection allemande
Material(s)wood, textile, vannerie
Height cm46
Width7 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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