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Baule Standing Female Figure Cote d'Ivoire African Art

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Title Baule Standing Female Figure Cote d'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Height (in) 29
Width (in) 7
Depth (in) 6.5
Dimensions Height: 29 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 6.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Large cracks through base, torso and forehead, a well worn patina, small cracks and chips

Additional Information: This wonderful figure comes from the Baule people. The figure embodies a number of symbolic elements found in shrine figures; she is a pregnant 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. This is an 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.

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)

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