BAULE FEMALE FIGURES, Ivory Coast

BAULE
Figure 32
11" high
$400

 BAULE
Figure 31
12" high
$600

BAULE
Figure 51
10.5" high
$400


The Baule figures above have all been vettted as being authentic with signs of tribal use and age.

BAULE STYLE FEMALE FIGURES, Ivory Coast

Despite their appearance, the Baule figures below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

 BAULE STYLE
Figure 5
16.5" high
$400

BAULE STYLE
Figure 8
21" high
$450

 

BAULE STYLE
Figure 10
16.5" high
$500
 

 BAULE STYLE
Figure 2
20.5" high
$600


BAULE STYLE
Figure 39
32" high
$600

BAULE STYLE
Figure 40
27" high
$400

BAULE STYLE
Figure 41
23" high
$500

BAULE STYLE
Figure 42
22" high
$600


BAULE STYLE
Figure 43
19.5" high
$500

BAULE STYLE
Figure 45
23" high
$700

BAULE STYLE
Figure 46
21.25" high
$500


BAULE STYLE
Figure 48
17.5" high
$400



BAULE STYLE

Figure 52
27.5" high
$500

BAULE STYLE
Figure 54
22.5" high
$400


BAULE STYLE
Figure 56
30.25" high
$400

BAULE STYLE
Figure 16
13" high
$200


BAULE STYLE MATERNITY FIGURES, Ivory Coast

BAULE STYLE
Maternity 2
32" high
$1000

BAULE STYLE
Maternity 9
24.5" high
$700
 

BAULE STYLE
Maternity 6
22" high
$500
 

BAULE STYLE
Maternity 12
22" high
$500
 

BAULE STYLE
Maternity 14
26" high
$400
 

BAULE STYLE
Maternity 15
20.25" high
$400
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, FIGURES, 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. Asye usu figures were the abode of spirits associated with diviners. In ritual performances the spirit would come out to possess the diviner, causing a trance. The display of the figures would enhance and support the ensuing dance.

Small figures include the roughly carved bo usu that helped with hunting. .

The more refined blolo bla (spirit wife) and blolo bian (spirit husband) figures, if well taken care of, helped their human partners in all areas of life.

We recommend Baule: African Art Western Eyes by Susan M. Vogel (Yale).

 

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