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The Boulous, located on the border between Cameroon and Gabon, are part of the Fang ethnic group. Like the Fang of southern Cameroon, who are famous for their large white masks, the Boulou have practised the Ngil ritual to protect themselves from witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is none other than a huge gorilla, an animal with which the candidate wishing to join the secret society identifies.


Animal figure Boulou, Bulu
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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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Masque casque Bulu Ngi
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This mask with an ovoid skull under which the eyeballs are glazed, has a gaping, toothless mouth, a wide orifice on the spot of the nose, and would embody an orangutan. Fragments of animal teeth remain embedded in the jaw holes. The contours of the mask are lined with a raffia braid to which is attached a piece of woven fabric. Locally abraded pink ochre heterogeneous patina. Sparse, crusty residues of libatory substances.
Established in the equatorial forest between Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the ritual Ngi , Ngil in order to fight witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the antropoid monkey, a fearsome animal to which ...


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Boulou animal mask
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Equipped with a mobile jaw, this mask evokes the skull of a great ape. The features are underlined with upholstery nails, contrasting with the crusty blackish patina. Strands of wool represent a hair.
Located in the border zone between Cameroon and Gabon, the Boulou are part of the Fang group. Like the Fang of South 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 applicant identifies after acceptance into the secret society.


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Fetish statuette Boulu, Bulu
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Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.
Embodying the spirit of a great ape, this particularly expressive statuette embodies an orangutan . The hips are encircled with raffia cords imprisoned in a resin. The hands rest on a voluminous abdomen. The satin patina is close to a scabby residue. Erosions at the top. Crack of desiccation.
Located 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 against witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearsome animal with which the applicant identifies after being accepted into the secret society.

Statuette fetish Boulou, Bulu
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Ex-Collection German tribal art.
Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.
Instant the spirit of a great ape, this particularly expressive statuette embodies an orangutan. Around the neck and hips are knotted raffia ties trapped in a resin. The hands surround his voluminous abdomen, while the face seems to grimace in pain. The satin patina next door with granular residue. Erosions at the top.

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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Fetish statuette Bulu, Boulou
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Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art.

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. ...

Bulu monkey hem mask
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A mask of a male gorilla, it has a circular area at the top of the area where raffia and seeds of amb trapped in a clay cluster have been arranged. A basket repair was carried out on the reverse. Locally cracked polychrome crust pigments.

The Boulou, an ethnic group of the Fang, live in Cameroon, on the border of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo, on a vast plateau within the equatorial forest near the Bakwele, whose customs and customs are comparable. Like the Fang of South Cameroon with white masks of justice, the Boulou also used the Ngil ritual to counter witchcraft and poisoning. The future initiates, following their integration into the secret society, identify with the Ngi , fierce iconic gorilla. The Ngil society, which carried out executions of sorcerers, was banned ...


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Zoomorphic figure Boulou
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Expressiveness of zoomorphic statues in African art.

Incarnaated the spirit of a great ape, this massive figure with rounded shapes, the head pressed into arched shoulders, has a dorsal cavity with two orifices that could have facilitated its transport or exhibition during ceremonies Ritual. Red pigments accentuate certain facial details. Sunk under the cranial box, protruding eyeballs are coated with white clay. The irregular surface of the sculpture offers a heterogeneous matte patina with desication cracks.
The Boulou , an ethnic group of Fang, live between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest near the Bakwele whose customs and customs are comparable. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon with white masks of justice, the Boulou also used the Ngil ritual to ...


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Ritual Scepter Boulou, Bulu
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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, ...

Marotte monkey Bulu, Boulou
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Ex-collection Swiss tribal art.
Ngil's marottes in African art

This handlescephalmorphic marotte embodies the spirit of an anthropoid monkey, with deep orbits under a skull in a cap. The neck could then be lined with cloth, raffia, and the groundhog came alive to the sound of the drum. At the top, wood was discreetly removed and replaced to introduce a magical ritual charge. The irregular surface has burgundy brown satin areas. Greenish residual pigments around the eyes.
Situated between Cameroon and Gabon, in the equatorial forest, the Boulou are part of the Fang ensemble. Neighbouring Kweles also have a mask featuring a gorilla called Gong. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou practiced the Ngil ritual to combat ...

Boulou Maternity Statue
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Zoomorphic figures in African art.

Incarnating the spirit of a great ape, this monkey sculpture with its cub has benefited from libations of which a crusty aggregate remains on the surface, mixing feathers of chicks and animal hair. Colorful pigment tops. Desication cracks.
Situated 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 ritual Ngil 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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Boulou figure
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Anthropozoomorphic representations in African art. Embodying the spirit of a great monkey, this particularly expressive figure represents an animal that has been captured. Around his neck are knotted raffia ties. One of the hands is placed on his bulging abdomen, the second resting on his knee. Red brick pigments accentuate the face. The irregular patina is in the form of many crusty matte residues. Desiccation cracks. Located 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 poisonings. Ngi is the gorilla, a formidable animal to which the postulant identifies himself after his acceptance into the secret ...


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The animal themes Boulou in the African art of Gabon
The arched attitude and hands resting on the abdomen give this African sculpture embodying the spirit of a primate a remarkable expressiveness. The irregular, eroded surface has a patina in the form of many dark crusty residues and the white kaolin that has the primate's appearance contrasts only slightly. Desication cracks.

Situated 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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