A male Baule sculpture, Ivory Coast, posted on a fragmentary base, sitting with legs crossed on a finely elaborated two-legged stool, prominent buttocks, accentuated genitals, a slender torso with a pointed navel, emphasized pectoral muscles, rounded shoulders leading to arms carved close to the body, the hands touching the torso, the elongated cylindrical neck supporting an ovoid head, the face has a heart-shaped facial plane, a protruding slightly open mouth, a pronounced philtrum, a slender nose with broad tip, high arched brows, bulging eyes which are bordered all around, the semi-spherical ears are set high, displaying varied scarification marks on the toros on the front and the backside, on the cheeks, on the temples and on the forehead, the head capped by a striated crested coiffure with two ponytails; brown patina, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks.
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.
600 – 700,-, Euro
Height: 43 cm
Weight: 1.10 kg