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Bulu monkey (N° 23118)

Statue depicting an orangutan, embodying the spirit of a great ape. The stocky morphology made up of rounded masses and the huddled posture are rendered with realism. Satin surface, erosions and desication cracks.
The Boulou, of the Fang-Beti group, live in Cameroon, on the border of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo, on a vast plateau within the forest equatorial near the Bakwele whose habits and customs are comparable. Like the Fang of southern Cameroon with white masks of justice, the Boulou also used the Ngil ritual to counter witchcraft and poisoning. Future initiates, following their integration into the secret society, identify with the Ngi, fierce emblematic gorilla. The Ngil society, which notably carried out the execution of sorcerers, was banned by the colonial administration. Not mandatory but reserved for some, the initiation to ngil was very expensive. It is only after having put on their mask and accessories that the initiates became "children of the ngil". The Boulou believe in the spirits of the ancestors, bekôn, whose skulls were preserved.

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Originex-collection française
Material(s)wood, textile
Height cm55
Width20 cm
Weight4.90 Kg

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