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monkey - Wood - BEKRE-NO RESERVE - Baule - Ivory Coast

monkey - Wood - BEKRE-NO RESERVE - Baule - Ivory Coast


This is Baule Bekre Monkey figure
PROVENANCE: French Collection near Bordeaux from a french auction curated by Jean Roudillon

H= 29 cm. Wood. Fine layered dry patina, small crack under the neck and on wooden base. Several Cracks in the arms and legs and on the side of face ( see pictures).

Monkey figure named Bekre from the Baule tribe in Ivory Coast, it is eating a corn. It symbolise a humbler Deity, and was made to protect.

Combining human and animal traits in such a way that it is nearly impossible to separate them, if you return the object it becomes an abstract human figure and the hands of the Bekre becomes legs. ( see image of the french catalog ). The spirit determines how he/she should look by revealing him/herself in a dream. This figure’s high stylization features of ideal beauty in Baule eyes.

Bought this Baule Bekre from a french auction curated by Jean Roudillon

Among the Baule peoples of central Côte d'Ivoire, women consult male or female diviners (komien), who become possessed by a nature spirit (asie usu) or by an Mbra (deity) during the divining ritual. To welcome the spirits and, thus, encourage them to speak, diviners beautify shrine rooms with decorations and sculptures.
The presence of the sculptures acknowledges the special relationship between the diviner and the gods and spirits.

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.
All lots from David Norden's collection are sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees this mask authenticity.

Object monkey
Indigenous object name BEKRE-NO RESERVE
Ethnic group/ culture Baule
Region/ country Ivory Coast
Material Wood
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 29×11×10 cm
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