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Baule Standing Male Figure Ivory Coast African Art 26 Inch

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Title Baule Standing Male Figure Ivory Coast African Art 26 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire)
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 26
Width (in) 6
Depth (in) 8
Dimensions Height: 26 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 8 Inches
Overall Condition Poor
Damage/Repair Damaged feet, cracks, chips and a very worn patina

Additional Information: This standing male figure most probably came from a shrine some where among the Baule of Ivory Coast. Remains of wear indicate long use and substantial age for this wooden figure. Classically carved figures such as this are known generally as waka sran, meaning a 'person of wood'. Some sculptures were owned by diviners known as Komien, who could tell the future, cure illnesses as well as solving individual and local community problems. The figures embody a number of symbolic elements as shrine figures; They are a place of residence for the spirit of the bush ready to be called upon by the diviner. Advised by the bush spirit (asye usu) the diviner will determine the reason of misfortune.

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.