This statue was carved in the style of the Bulu people of Cameroon. The statue features a mother monkey with her baby cradled in her arms. It measures 15 inches tall and weighs 3.5 pounds. There is a previous repair on the leg and cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos carefully.
Bulu Mother and Child Monkey Statue 15″ – Cameroon – African Art
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Previous repair to leg. Cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.
About the Bulu People
Bulu, also spelled Boulou, inhabit the hilly, forested areas of Cameroon as well as mainland Guinea and northern Gabon. They are a subgroup of the Fang people.
The Bulu grow crops of cassava and corn. Due to the area in which the Bulu inhabit, a substantial portion of their income comes from cacao production. From this profit, the Bulu have long participated in the economic, political, and intellectual growth of Cameroon.
In late colonial years, the Bulu founded a formal tribal union with all clans represented and efforts coordinated for social welfare. American Protestant missionaries have had a great influence, and Bulu sculpture and other arts have been redirected from religious purposes to a flourishing tourist market.