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Baule Maternity Seated on Stool Cote D'Ivoire African Art 31 Inch

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Title Baule Maternity Seated on Stool Cote D'Ivoire African Art 31 Inch
Type of Object Maternity, mother and Child Figure, carving
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 31.25 inches tall x 8 inches wide x 11 inches deep
Overall Condition poor
Damage/Repair cracks and bug damage throughout, hollow base, repairs to right breast and neck.


Additional Information: A tall and elegant maternity figure from the Baule people. The figure embodies a number of symbolic elements found in shrine figures; she is a mother and for the diviner she is a place of residence for the spirit of the bush, ready to be called upon by the diviner. Advised by the bush spirit (asye usu) the diviner will determine the reason that a woman is barren and direct her as to what she must do to bear children. It is the energy and power of the bush spirits that are contacted by the diviner and directed to help the woman. She is seated on a stool, to be expected of a person of importance.


The head and hair shape are unmistakably Baule.   The geometric patterns on her face represent scarrification and are representative of beauty.  Two children sit on her lap, also displaying Baule features.  The base of the carving is damaged, but it still stands sturdily.


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)