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Seated Maternity - Wood - Provenance Woolley and Wallis - Baoulé - Ivory Coast

Seated Maternity - Wood - Provenance Woolley and Wallis - Baoulé - Ivory Coast

A Baule seated maternity figure, Ivory Coast, with an infant on her back and another feeding from her right breast, the figure seated on an Akan chair.

H= 75 cm high. Grayish patina.

A Big Baule Seated Maternity Figure

Provenance: Woolley and Wallis, UK 2015 ( the pictures with white background are from Woolley and taken in 2015. ) The pictures on the black background are slightly underexposed.

The Baule are people from the Ivory Coast.

Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. The quiet, dignified figures embody spirits from the other world. They functioned as the home of the spirit world and had to be treated with care.

Bibliography: Baule: African Art Western Eyes by Susan M. Vogel (Yale). amzn.to/313Ribp

Estimated age : Mid XXth or later

Object Seated Maternity
Indigenous object name Provenance Woolley and Wallis
Ethnic group/ culture Baoulé
Region/ country Ivory Coast
Material Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 75×16×14 cm
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