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Baule Gorilla Figure Cote d'Ivoire African Art 22 Inch

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Title Baule Gorilla Figure Cote d'Ivoire African Art 22 Inch
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Baule
Materials Wood, encrusted material, feathers, horn
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 22 inches H. x 8.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair cracks /splits

Additional Information: This fascinating male example of a gorilla figures from the Baule, shows signs of much use and care of handling and good age, with a fragile patina encrustation

Monkey known as Mbra and sometimes referred to as Gbekre are considered as power figure used in many rituals especially during a trance divination where the spirit of Mbra assists the diviner in his effort to transmit the spirits of other world message to the living in order to solve a problem during a consultation. This is the one rare occasion where an Mbra can be seen to everybody. When not in use Mbra is displayed on a shrine. Monkey figures are considered too powerful for women to see, and are kept hidden in the bush where they are fed with sacrificial offerings. The encrusted patina on this figure is from sacrificial offerings and ritual libations poured over the figure. The large necklace with cowrie shells the figure is wearing, contains magical elements.  Some large, even sinister-looking, full-sized versions are thought to be carved by blacksmiths and used as guardians of special places or even entire villages. They usually have bared teeth and are also heavily encrusted with sacrificial offerings. In some case, they hold a bowl. Sometimes, the bowl is replaced by a carved egg. Egg is an important component of the divination process among the Baule. Egg is also part of the sacrificial elements dedicated to the spirits of divination.