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Statue Boulou (N° 17683)

Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.

Incarating the spirit of a great ape, this Simiesque figure depicts an animal that has been captured. Around his neck are knotted raffia ropes. One of the hands is placed on his voluminous abdomen, the second holds a fruit. Brick-red pigments reveal some of the details. Crusty matte patina. Desication cracks.
Situated between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fang of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to fight 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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Originrécolté in-situ 1989
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height cm81
Width40 cm
Weight6.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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