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Baule Fetish Female on Pedestal Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Baule Fetish Female on Pedestal Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment, cotton fabric, vegetal fibers, rope
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 19.25
Width (in) 3.5
Dimensions Height: 19.25 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Overall Condition poor
Damage/Repair thick, cracking encrustation. torn fabric, worn wood surface. dirt and stains

Additional Information:

The form of the carving is familiar in African art, with a tall pedestal adorned with sacrificial materials. The style is more often attributed to the Fon, but the facial details are consistent with Baule statuary.

As for most of the figures from the Baule people, in this particular figure attention is focused upon the head with emphasis given to detailed face, scarification, and elaborate coiffure. The details of the coiffure, the markings on the face, torso and the back, the beard, the firmed body as well as the seated posture show the figure to be a mature and important man among the Baule.

The fact that the figure holds an egg determines that the figure was used in divination. The egg is an important component in the Baule divination process. Diviners among the Baule, after having completed a long and complex process of becoming a fully qualified komien, would have figures carved for them to be used during divinations to serve as contact points with the spirits of the bush.

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)

E. Fischer and H. Himmelheber: Das Gold in der Kunst Westafrikas 1981