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Baule Maternity Figure on Stool Cote D'Ivoire African Art

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Title Baule Maternity Figure on Stool Cote D'Ivoire Africa
Type of Object Maternity, mother and Child Figure, carving
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 31.5 inches H. x 7.5 inches wide and deep
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 General wear. Scuffs and scratches throughout.

Additional Information: This wonderful and old maternity figures comes from the Baule people. The figure embodies a number of symbolic elements found in shrine figures; she is a mother and for the diviner she is a place of residence for the spirit of the bush to reside, ready to be called upon by the diviner. Advised by the bush spirit (asye usu) the diviner will determine the reason that a woman is barren and direct her as to what she must do to bear children. It is the energy and power of the bush spirits that are contacted by the diviner and directed to help the woman. This well-carved figure exhibits typical Baule concern with the aesthetics of motherhood. She is seated on a stool, to be expected of a person of importance. This is old figure and it is shown by the quality of the wood and the aesthetic value of the piece, as well as the worn on the surface.  The figure would be a great  piece of Baule sculpture to add to a collection.

 This seated figure of a woman nursing a child  with traces of  much handling surface indicates long use and substantial age for this superb figure. Classically-carved figures such as this mother and child among the Baule  were very often owned by diviners known as Komien, who could tell the future, cure illnesses as well as solving local community problems. 

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)