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Baule Standing Male Figure Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Baule Standing Male Figure Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Sculpture
Country of Origin Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire)
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment, cotton cloth
Approximate Age Second half 20th century 
Dimensions Height: 18.75 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Depth: 4 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 Large cracks, scuffs and chips


 Additional Information: A well carved piece consistent with the classical Baule style, showing much use and handling. 


Male ancestor figure standing on a stool as an indicator of high rank and status in this world and in the spirit world. The figure is finely balanced, well-used and exhibits typical Baule concern with the aesthetics of the presentation of the beauty of human. His hair is carefully modeled and scarification on his back, chest, abdomen, and face show the figure as a representation of a mature and important person of his village. This is an interesting sculpture and will stand out in any good collection.


This superb standing male figure most probably came from a shrine some where among the Baule of Ivory Coast. Remains of wear indicate long use and substantial age for this wooden figure. Classically carved figures such as this are known generally as waka sran, meaning a 'person of wood'. Some sculptures were owned by diviners known as Komien, who could tell the future, cure illnesses as well as solving individual and local community problems. The figures embody a number of symbolic elements as shrine figures; They are 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 of misfortune.


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.