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Baule Male Figure on Stool Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Baule Male Figure on Stool Ivory Coast Africa
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid-20th century
Dimensions Height: 33 Inches
Width: 8.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to 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 Cracks and chips, hole in left foot, scraped and worn patina; see pictures for details.

Additional Information:  This interesting Standing male figure sitting on a stool and holding a staff in its left hand and a knife in the right hand.  This is a very good example of Baule figurative sculpture.  Its size, the quality of the carving, the patina, the proportions, the ethnic marks, and 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