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Figure - Wood - biolobian - Baule - West Africa

Figure - Wood - biolobian - Baule - West Africa

Among the Baule every man and women have a spirit spouse.

A fine female Baule with a shiny patina, hard wood.

A "Blolo bian" figure from the Baule in Ivory Coast. Usually translated as ‘a woman’s spirit mate’. A blolo bian is the spiritual counterpart that stays behind in the blolo.
The two halves make a pact about lifespan, career and particulars of their stay on earth. The woman will commission a statue of her blolo bian that she can consult if she encounters problems. This figure is than an idealized male.
The counterpart "Blolo bla" Baule from Ivory Coast is a ‘man’s spirit mate’, like the blolo bian.

The spirit spouse has to be feed an egg everyday and taken care off.

Height 42 cm , 44 cm on the custom made metal base . Estimated age: 1930's

Provenance: David Norden collection Antwerpen.

Object Figure
Indigenous object name biolobian
Ethnic group/ culture Baule
Region/ country West Africa
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Excellent
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 42×9×8 cm
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