BAULE HORSEMEN, Ivory Coast

 

 

 

 

 

BAULE, Horseman 2,  13.5" high, $800

 

 

 BAULE, Door 8, 59" high, $1500

 

 

 

 

BAULE, Horseman 1, SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, Horsemen, Ivory Coast

Although elegantly carved, these Baule horsemen 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. Leaders and ancestors were often displayed on horseback to support their status as great warriors or leaders.

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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