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