Wooden sculptures of three monkeys are a common artistic representation in Mali and other West African countries. These sculptures typically depict three monkeys covering their eyes, ears, and mouth respectively, often referred to as “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”
The sculptures are typically hand-carved from wood, with each monkey’s face and features carefully crafted and detailed. The wood used can vary, but some common types of wood used in Mali include ebony, mahogany, and acacia.
These sculptures are often seen as symbols of wisdom, prudence, and caution, and are believed to ward off evil spirits and negative energy.