|Title||Baule Seated Statue on Stool Cote D'Ivoire Africa 38 Inch|
|Type of Object||Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture|
|Country of Origin||Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||38 inches tall x 12 inches wide x 13.5 inches deep|
|Damage/Repair||several cracks in base (some repairs); scrapes, scratches and minor cracks throughout|
Additional Information: A truly massive carving weighing just under 50 pounds! This well used 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.
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