BAULE MATERNITY FIGURE 6, Ivory Coast

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, MATERNITY FIGURE 6, 22", $500, Ivory Coast

The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted sculptural and masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples.

Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. The quiet, dignified figures embody spirits from the other world. They functioned as the home of a spirit to whom sacrifices were made and had to be placated with care.

Despite its appearance, this figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

RETURN TO BAULE MATERNITY FIGURES PAGE

RETURN TO FAMILY MATTERS EXHIBITION PAGE

RETURN TO MATERNITY FIGURES PAGE

RETURN TO BAULE SCULPTURE PAGE

RETURN TO BAULE EXHIBITION PAGE

RETURN TO BAULE COUPLES PAGE

RETURN TO BAULE FIGURES PAGE

GO TO AFRICAN COUPLES PAGE

GO TO AFRICAN FIGURES PAGE

GO TO NEW ADDITIONS PAGE

HOMEPAGE

 Index by
TRIBE

 Index by
OBJECT

CONTACT US