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Baoule Baboon Mbotumbo Statue (N° 12016)

African Art among the Baoulé

The effigy against, probably destined for the cult of the Mbra, presents an evocation of the monkey by the African mask Bo nun amuin, revealing sharp teeth in a quadrangular muzzle. cynocephalic women could not be seen, just like some masks.The animal, frozen in a human attitude, wears an offering cup.These objects whose characteristics are stamped with the Senoufo influence, have several names, which aboya or mbotumbo and belong to the group of " beings-force " or amwin, intermediate between God and men and given to Baoulé by their Creator, just like the sacred masks whose wide open jaw they share. A minor deity named aboya, with a propitiatory aim, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the spirits to which offerings supports were offered and on which libations were practiced. Real skulls of monkeys frequently formed the character's head. The sculptures were kept in the villages, but ritual practices took place in the bush, and sometimes in the center of the village. An iron hook, fitted with a pair of bells, was ritually inserted on the head of the locally scaly crusted matte patina object.  

 


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Originrécoltée in-situ
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm82
Width16 cm
Weight7.72 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970

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