A Baule maternity, of Tiébissou style, from the region Tiébissou, village Dibri at 23 km from Bouaké, posted on a base, sitting on a fine elaborated three-legged stool, muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, a slender torso with a prominent navel and conical pendant breasts, rounded shoulders leading to long bent arms holding a child in a lying position, wearing five rings around each upper arm, the torso is covered with scarification marks of varied geometric motifs on the front and the backside, notched back line, the elongated neck supporting an oval head, a stylized, protruding mouth beneath a slender nose leading to wide high arched brows, slanted almond-shaped eyes which are bordered all around, round ears with a prominent tragus, further scarification patterns at the corners of the mouth, on the temples, on the forehead and on the neck, the head capped by an asymmetric striated coiffure; brown patina, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks. Provenance Mohamed Belo Garba, Korhogo, Ivory Coast.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule: African Art Western Eye, 1997; Bernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zurüch 2014, p. 81-106; Alain-Michel Boyer: Baule. Visions of Africa, Milan 2008; Wolfgang Jaenicke: Maternities West African Art.
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Height: 75 cm
Weight: 4 kg