This is Baule figure Biolo Bian
PROVENANCE: Private Belgian collection since the 1970's
H= 34 cm. Wood. Fine layered shiny patina A metal stand is included. small crack under the neck and on wooden base
Spirit spouse named Blolo Bian from the Baule tribe in Ivory Coast
Baule men and women have figures like this carved for their “other-world” or spirit spouses in order to please them and ensure they will bring health and good fortune. Above all, spirits require these figures to be beautiful. The spirit determines how he/she should look by revealing him/herself in a dream, either to his/her human spouse, a diviner, or the figure’s carver. This figure’s scarification patterns, placid countenance, coiffure, long neck and robust calves are features of ideal beauty in Baule eyes.
Male Spirit Spouse, Blolo Bian
Bought this 34 cm Baule from a private person who inherited it from his grand father, here in my shop in Antwerp,
This finely carved Baule male figure has scarification on his face around the mouth , on the side of the waist, belly and rug , the figure is standing on a wood base with a crack in it and on a custom made metal base. Some damages due to insects and rodents ( see images)
This male figure has a very small penis, which you don't see often in African figures who mostly are oversized.
Among the Baule peoples of central Côte d'Ivoire, women consult male or female diviners (komien), who become possessed by a nature spirit (asie usu) or by an Mbra (deity) during the divining ritual. To welcome the spirits and, thus, encourage them to speak, diviners beautify shrine rooms with decorations and sculptures.
The presence of the sculptures acknowledges the special relationship between the diviner and the gods and spirits.
David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.
All lots from David Norden's collection are sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
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Please note: seller guarantees this Baule authenticity.