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.
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- West Africa
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 42×9×8 cm