Global Art & Artifacts


Large Bulu  Boulou Gorilla Ape Statue. Sculpture.  Carved Figure. Simian.  Museum Quality.  Cameroon

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    Simian sculptures and figures from the equatorial forest of West Africa have been a mystery to anthropologists and sociologists for years. What is their purpose?   It only takes some imagination to realize the historical relationships and interactions with lowland gorillas and this tribe.   Bottom line: … Continue reading

Rare Bamun Brass Sheathing Mask. Bamileke People.  Cameroon.  Africa

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    Sharing stylistic traits with the Bamileke, Tikar and other Western Grassland Cameroon tribes, this particular mask illustrates the complexity of the transfer of styles… through migration and various artists’ interpretations… even as far back as the migrations of the 17th Century.   That is what makes this mask… Continue reading

Bulu Style Ape Mask.  Fang Group.  Ngi ritual.  Cameroon Grasslands.  Africa.

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    Bordering on Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu are part of the larger Fang group and share cultural similarities.   UNIQUE?  Yes, because the Bulu practice the ngi ritual… where members wear this “gorilla” mask to ward off sorcery and poisonings.  This anti-witchcraft society whose leadership is… Continue reading

Kom or Tikar Wooden Mask, Cameroon Africa

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Detail: I believe this is a Kom mask, from an ethnic people of the Northwest province of Cameroon. Most of the statuary and masks are representations of the Fon (the ruler). Masks like these are typically used in initiations and for educational purposes. Tikar masks – also thin, oval and… Continue reading

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