Wonderfull wooden Blolo Bla or Blolo Bian figure from the BAULE tribe, Ivory Coast.
This statue represents a spouse from the spirit world. Baule people believe that every person has such a spouse. It manifests itself through a series of dreams, usually of a sexual nature, and is believed to be responsible for practical and spiritual problems that arise in the life of that individual. Once carved under the direction of the village diviner, the statue is kept in the person`s room and is offered food. Moreover, it is rubbed on the owner`s skin, often giving it a shinny patina. [The Tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, P.48]
Beautiful dark oiled patina with scarification on the body and great coiffure.
Good condition with traces of wear and tear.
Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).
Welcome to bid our other items:
- Blolo Bian Figure
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Ivory Coast
- 2nd half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 48×21×10 cm
- 1050 g