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Fetish statuette Bulu, Boulou (N° 16340)
Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.
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Embodying the spirit of a great ape, this particularly expressive statuette embodies an orangutan. Around his neck are forged raffia bonds. One of the hands is placed on its voluminous abdomen, the second resting on a thigh. Brick red pigments accentuate the face. The irregular patina comes in the form of many grainy matte residues. Desication cracks, erosions.
Set between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to combat witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal to which the applicant identifies after his acceptance into the secret society.
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|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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