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Baule Seated Female Miniature Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Baule Seated Female Miniature Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object miniature sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Ghana
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 13 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Depth: 3.5 Inches
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair worn, dirty surface


Additional Information:  A seated female with hands on her knees.  She is covered with a loin cloth, and she wears an attractive coiffure.  The surface is weathered and worn, suggesting significant age.   


As a “blolo bian”, a wife of the other world, this figure reflects the Baule aesthetic of idealized beauty for the carving of the “female spirit lover." The figure does not need to be a photographic copy of the “spirit lover” but must reflect Baule ideals of beauty of the figure in the prime of her life, physically mature neither too young nor too old but in a perfect and healthy state of being. 


Further 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



CT 9/17