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Boulou statue (N° 20502)

Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.
Embodying the spirit of a great ape, this statue represents an orangutan. Imprisoned in a clay mound, abrus seeds and cowries form a decorative motif. Crusty surface, red ochre highlights. Located between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang group. Like the Fang of southern Cameroon, famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the Ngil ritual to fight against witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal with which the postulant identifies after being accepted into the secret society.


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Material(s)wood, cauris, graines
Height cm71
Width33 cm
Weight4.75 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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