181205 - Tribal used Old African Bulu monkey mask - Cameroon.
Rare Tribal used Old african mask from the Bulu, Cameroon
Hand carved from a single piece of colorful painted wood,
Size: 24 cm.
Occupying the border region between Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu form part of the Fang group and live not far from Kwele, with whom they share cultural similarities. They practiced a ngi ritual against sorcery, in particular, against poisonings. Ngi is the gorilla, a fearful animal, with whom the candidate identifies after he has been accepted into the association.
Most of their masks are in the form of a human face, some with horns. They have geometrically formed human heads, mostly colored white and black.