BAULE FEMALE FIGURES, Ivory Coast

BAULE
Figure 32
11" high
$400

 BAULE
Figure 31
12" high
$600

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

 

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

 BAULE
Figure 5
16.5" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 8
21" high
$450

 

BAULE
Figure 10
16.5" high
$500
 

 BAULE
Figure 2
20.5" high
$600


BAULE
Figure 39
32" high
$600

BAULE
Figure 40
27" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 41
23" high
$500

BAULE
Figure 42
22" high
$600


BAULE
Figure 43
19.5" high
$500

BAULE
Figure 45
23" high
$700

BAULE
Figure 46
21.25" high
$500


BAULE
Figure 47
22" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 48
17.5" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 49
18.5" high
$200

BAULE
Figure 50
10.5" high
$150


BAULE
Figure 52
27.5" high
$500

BAULE
Figure 53
22.5" high
$300

BAULE
Figure 54
22.5" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 55
21.5" high
$300


BAULE
Figure 56
30.25" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 57
23" high
$300

BAULE
Figure 16
13" high
$200

 BAULE
Figure 21
10.5" high
$125
   


BAULE MATERNITY FIGURES, Ivory Coast

BAULE
Maternity 2
32" high
$1000

BAULE
Maternity 9
24.5" high
$700
 

BAULE
Maternity 6
22" high
$500
 

BAULE
Maternity 12
22" high
$500
 

 

BAULE
Maternity 13
25" high
$300

BAULE
Maternity 14
26" high
$400
 

BAULE
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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