A Baule maternity sculpture
A Baule maternity sculpture from region Ahara, Ivory Coast, posted on partly eroded base, sitting on a one-legged stool, muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, a slender torso with a pointed navel, firm, conical-shaped breasts, the sloping shoulders leading to arms holding children on the mother's lap, the torso is decorated with different scarification marks on the front and the backside, notched back line, the elongated cylindrical neck supporting an ovoid head, a protruding, slightly open mouth, accentuated philtrum, a straight nose leading to deep cut, high arched brows, bulging almond-shaped eyes which are bordered all around, further scarification marks on the forehead and on the temple, the head capped by a sophisticated domed coiffure with a ponytail on the sides and at the back of the head, the hairstyle decorated with a vertical ornament; heavy wood, heavily encrusted patina, traces of age and ritual use. Provenance Mr. Cabinet, Ivory Coast.
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; Wolfgang Jaenicke: Maternities West African Art.
800 - 900,- Euro
Height: 68 cm
Weight: 3,9 kg