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Baule Pair of Figures Cote d'Ivoire African Art

Regular Price: $2,500.00

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Title Baule Pair of Figures Cote d'Ivoire Africa
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Early to mid 20th century
Dimensions 21 inches H. x 4.25 inches W
Overall Condition Fair. 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 Cracked patina, cracks and chips in places


 Additional Information: Two well-carved standing pair of  figures. classic Baule keloid scarification patterns, and finial facial details. These two figures are a work from the same artist. 


Baule figurative statuary is some of the best known and most collected. Finely carved male and female figures ranging in size from small to large. They are generally portrayed in a standing position of formal calmness with arms close to the body and hands resting on the abdomen. Attention is focused upon the head with emphasis given to detailed face and neck scarification and elaborate coiffures. a few figures are often enhanced through the addition of gold leaf or by jewelry. Baule figures fall into two categories, the first represents spirits of the wild (asie usu) that live in the bush beyond village boundaries and the second are male and female figures that represent ‘spirit world’ spouses for their owners. Without field information it is difficult to determine in which category these sculptures belong. The  patina could be an indication that these figures were used as shrine pieces and were receiving sacrifices and offerings. This is a rare real pair not found often in the market.


Recommended Reading: Vogel's BAULE-AFRICAN ART WESTERN EYES.