A male Baule sculpture from the region Sakassou, Ivory Coast, standing on an oval base, short muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, accentuated genitals, a slender torso with a protruding navel, rounded shoulders leading to fragil arms carved close to the body, the hands touching the abdomen, notched back line, the cylindrical neck supporting an oval head, a striated beard, a large mouth with full lips, a slender nose with a broad tip, large heavy lidded eyes, round ears set far up, further scarification marks on the temples and on the neck, the sophisticated coiffure built up into buns; encrusted patina, traces of age and ritual use, damaged on the top of the coiffure. Provenance M. Cabinet, Ivory Coast.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule. African Art, Western Eyes, 1997; Gernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zürich 2014, p. 81-106; Alain-Michel Boyer: Baule. Visions of Africa, Milan 2008.
600 – 700,- Euro
Height: 54 cm
Weight: 1,84 kg