A female Baule sculpture, Ivory Coast, standing on a rounded, retangular base, shortened legs, a slender torso with a pointed navel and hanging, tapering breasts, a thick conical neck, surmounted with an ovoid head, fgine fascial features, on top a striated coiffure with a pigtale at the back, scarification patterns all other the figure; glossy brownish patina, signs of age and ritual use, provenance Amadou Bouaflé, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Lit.: Wolfgang-Jaenicke.blogspot, Zu Besuch bei Amadou Bouaflé.
Susan Vogel, Baule: African Art, Western Eyes, New Haven, 1997, pp. 26-28 In her important publication Baule: African Art, Western Eyes, Susan Vogel notes that “While the relative naturalism and consummate workmanship of Baule objects were praised at the outset, today these objects are appreciated for their subtile rhythms and a beauty that stops short of sweetness. To the Western eye, an essence of Baule style is a balanced asymmetry that enlivens while suggesting stability and calm. […] To an art historian, the most consistent feature of Baule art, and one expressed across the wide variety of Baule object types, is a kind of peaceful containment. Faces tend to have downcast eyes and figures often hold their arms against the body, so that Westerners might feel that the mood of much classical Baule art is introspective.”
500 – 600,- Euro
Height: 46 cm
Weight: 1,1 kg