BAULE FIGURES, Ivory Coast

For our Who's that Lady? exhibition, we have added many more figures: GO TO BAULE FEMALE FIGURES PAGE

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


BAULE
Figure 32
11" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 33
8" high
$400

 

BAULE
Figure 34
6.5" high
$400


 

BAULE
Figure 36
13.25" high
$400

BAULE
Figure 35
11" high
$300

BAULE
Figure 51
10.5" high
$400


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

 BAULE
Figure 5
16.75" high
$350 

 

BAULE
Figure 8
21" high
$450

 

BAULE
Figure 14
29" high
$400

 

BAULE
Figure 16
13" high
$200

BAULE
Figure 21
10.5" high
$125   

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

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).

GO TO BAULE FEMALE FIGURES PAGE

GO TO BAULE FIGURES ARCHIVES PAGE (ALL SOLD)

GO TO BAULE ART PAGE

GO TO BAULE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION PAGE

GO TO BAULE MASKS ARCHIVES PAGE (ALL SOLD)

GO TO BAULE GOLI MASKS (LARGE) PAGE

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