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Belgian tribal art collection
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 ...