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Baule Female Figure Cote D'Ivoire African Art 22 Inch

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Title Baule Female Figure Cote D'Ivoire African Art 22 Inch
Type of Object Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast
People Baule
Materials Wood, seed beads,
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 22 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Depth: 4.5 Inches
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 through abdomen and chest, dirt, wear and small cracks

Additional Information:  This female figure comes from the Baule people of Ivory Coast, who are well-known for the quality and detail of their carving.  This figure belongs to the category of Asie Usu spirits.  Through representing bush spirits, the asie usu are shown as wild spirits in beautiful bodies.  These figures were used by trance diviners known as "komien" and were kept in a shrine in the diviner’s house where the spirit of the bush could inhabit or metaphorically ‘sit’ on the figure.  In addition to the idealized beauty of this figure, other shrine objects are not carved and may be simple daubs of clay or pans filled with magical substances or roughly shaped figures.  Diviners will perform in public where the spirit will possess them or will advise clients in private close by their shrine.

Recommended reading:

P. L. Ravenhill: Baule Statuary Art: Meaning and Modernization, Institute for the Study of Human Issues, Working Paper 5 (Philadelphia, 1980)S. M. Vogel: Beauty in the Eyes of the Baule: Aesthetics and Cultural Values, Institute for the Study of Human Issues, Working Paper 6 (Philadelphia,1980)S. M. Vogel, Baule, African Art, Western Eyes. 1997