African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Boulou statue
Sculpture with massive volumes, featuring a stocky gorilla whose hands rest on its abdomen.
This animal statue has a heterogeneous semi-granular patina, locally abraded.
Misses and desiccation cracks.
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 habits and customs are comparable. Like the Fang of southern Cameroon with their 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 carried out, among other things, executions of witches, was banned ...