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Standing monkey figure - Wood - Gbekre - Baule - Ivory Coast - Asian African Art
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Standing monkey figure – Wood – Gbekre – Baule – Ivory Coast


mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Standing monkey figure
Indigenous object name: Gbekre
Ethnic group/ culture: Baule
Region/ country: Ivory Coast
Material: Wood
Period: mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 83×25×23 cm
Weight: 8800 g

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This ‘Gbekre’ holds a sacrificial bowl in both hands against his chest. It stands with slightly angled legs on a round plinth carved out from the same piece.

Composite figures such as the present one are called ‘Gbekre’ and consist of an ape’s head on a human body. They are part of the ‘Mbra’ cult of the Baule against witchcraft and black magic. These figures are hidden inside the houses of trance priests in the Baule villages and are not allowed to be seen by women. On the occasion of ceremonies of the members of the ‘Mbra cult’, these ‘Gbekre’ are veiled and taken to the bush, where the blood of sacrificial animals (usually chicken), millet gruel etc. are sacrificed to them during trance rituals.

Good condition with clear traces of wear and tear. Good patina of age.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

Shipping outside EU-zone may have extra shipping costs due to the size of this item.