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
16.5" high
$800
 

 

BAULE
Maternity 13
25" high
$400

BAULE
Maternity 14
26" high
$400 

BAULE
Maternity 15
20.25" high
$400 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, MATERNITY FIGURES, Ivory Coast

Although elegantly carved, these Baule 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.

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