BAULE STYLE MATERNITY FIGURE 13, Ivory Coast

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE STYLE
MATERNITY FIGURE 13
25" high x 6" wide x 6" deep
$300

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

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.

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