Photographs © Tim Hamill
21" high x 15" wide x 4" deep
Baule doors share the careful execution characteristic of other Baule sculpture. Unlike most of the Baule masks and figures, however, the doors were not secret and were always on view. The elegant low reliefs depict figures, heads, crocodiles, birds, objects and abstract patterns with precision and balanced asymmetry, permanent displays of Baule artistic skill. Often used as doors to inner rooms, they do not show the wear of exposure to the elements.
This small elegant door, with a face surrounded by weaving symbols, a comb, a knife and turtles, is flat and could be wired here to hang on a wall or it could be mounted on another door or mounted as a freestanding sculpture.
This door shows no evidernce of age or use and was probably made for sale.
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