Statue(s) - Wood - aboya - Baoulé - Côte d'Ivoire

Description
Statue(s) - Wood - aboya - Baoulé - Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century - Fair

Statuette of a monkey holding a bowl.

Beautiful and old Aboya fetish of the Baoulé.
The Baoulé worshipped forest or rural deities represented by half-human, half-animal effigies called Aboya. Our effigy depicts the cynocephalic monkey Mbotumbo. The bowl held in his hands is intended for offerings; The statue was kept outside the village in a hut. The statuette was supposed to embody the strength of the devastating animal of cultures and protect the village from evil spirits.
Wood with a wonderful crusty sacrificial patina.
Height: 58 cm.

Origin: Galerie Jean-Pierre Laprugne PARIS circa 1970.
Collection of Professor Westerdijk, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The item was included in the Crait-Muller sales catalogue of March 26, 2019 (lot No.155) see latest photos.
A certificate plus the catalogue will be given to the highest bidder.

NOTE: The monkey's arms have been glued back together.

Lot details
Object
Statue(s)
Indigenous object name
aboya
Ethnic group/ culture
Baoulé
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Material
Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Fair
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
58×0×0 cm
Weight
2.94 g
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