Female Baule sculpture, from the region Tiebissou, standing on an oval base, muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, the ankles encircled by big bracelets, a slender torso with a pointed navel, tapering and hanging breasts, rounded shoulders leading to arms carved close to the body, the hands touching the abdomen, the toros is decorated with different scarification marks on the front and the backside, the elongated cylindrical neck supporting an ovoid head, an open mouth beneath a slender nose leading to high arched brows, almond-shaped eyes, the eyelids half closed, large hemispherical ears with a prominent tragus, further scarification marks at the corners of the mouth, on the temples, on the forehead and on the neck, the head capped by a sophisticated striated domed coiffure with a ponytail at the back; reddish encrusted sacrification patina, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks. Provenance Mr. Kaba Cabinet, Bouaké, Ivory Coast.
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.
800 – 1.000,- Euro
Height: 45 cm
Weight: 700 g