BAULE COUPLES, Ivory Coast

 

BAULE
Couple 3
24" high
$1400

BAULE
Couple 5
20" high
$800

BAULE
Couple 6
20.25" high
$1000

BAULE
Couple 10
16.75" high
$500

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, COUPLES, Ivory Coast

Old Baule figures are rare. Despite their appearance, our couple figures show no evidence of age or use and were 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.

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

 

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