A female Baule sculpture, from the region Tiébissou, Ivory Coast, the delicate feet with the elongated toes supporting muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, wearing a cloth and a string of beads encircling the hips, an elongated slender torso with a pointed navel and tapering, hanging breasts, the torso is decorated with varied geometric motifs on the front and the backside, rounded shoulders leading to elongated arms carved close to the body, the hands are crossed at the back, each wrist surrounded by a carved broad bangle, several incised bracelets on each upper arm, the shoulder blades pronounced, the elongated cylindrical neck supporting an ovoid head, a slightly open mouth beneath a triangular nose framed by almond-shaped eyes, the arched eyebrows and the nose are connected, further scarification marks at the corners of the mouth, on the temples, on the forehead and on the neck, the head capped by a striated domed coiffure framed by two pigtails; brown to blackened encrusted patina, traces of age and ritual use, damage on the backside of the coiffure, several cracks. Provenance M. Cabinet.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule: African Art Western Eye, 1997, p. 169 (169-187); 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.
700 – 800,- Euro
Height: 57 cm
Weight: 900 g