Blolo Bian Figure - Wood - Baule - Ivory Coast

Description
Blolo Bian Figure - Wood - Baule - Ivory Coast
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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).

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Lot details
Object
Blolo Bian Figure
Ethnic group/ culture
Baule
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
48×21×10 cm
Weight
1050 g
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