Baule Mbra “Gbekre” Monkey Figure from Ivory Coast
31″ x 9″ x 10″ & 28.5lbs
Provenance:ex Michel Gaud, Saint Tropez, France
This is an early 20th century figure representing a monkey. Cup bearing monkey sculptures are considered objects of power in Baule culture. Used only by the men’s societies, the functions range between them being used as a form of protection against sorcerers, while others believe they will intervene in divination rituals.