Photographs © Tim Hamill
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 door, with its two large mudfish motif, is flat and could be wired to hang on a wall, mounted on another door or mounted as a freestanding sculpture.
This door shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made for sale.
There is a large crack, with signs of repair, ( See front detail and back view ) which is now stable. There is also an awkward native repait to the fin on the right fish ( See side detail ).
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