Asia Usu Statue - Baoule - publié "Spirits of Africa" - Côte d'Ivoire

Asia Usu Statue - Baoule - publié "Spirits of Africa" - Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Height: 29 cm / 11.4 inches.
Object collected in the cellar of a house in Brussels. This object was transmitted to us by the son of a collector who had travelled in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
Detailed information regarding the provenance and the history of this piece, will be provided to the buyer (area and period of collection).
Gaunt Tribal Art Gallery, United Kingdom, ref SQ2707455
Dating: 1950s
The stand is included.

This piece was published in the book Spirits of Africa - volume I, B. GAUNT, 2020. (have a look at the pictures).
In this book, B. Gaunt, specialist in tribal arts and antiquities, introduces diverse aspects of African art. By reading it, you will also discover the eclectic career of Mr. Gaunt, who embodies a unique profile, adapted to his mission as head of collections for a British museum.
Through a selection of exceptional objects, immerse yourself in the heart of cultures and rituals of western and central Africa.
If you want to order a copy, please contact us.
Upon request, a certificate will be delivered to the buyer.

Wooden Baule Figurine representing a woman with a little crest as hairdo on the summit of the head, engraved with a series of lines. he face is elongated and protrudes forward, at the level of the mouth and the chin. The wide eyes are placed under an arched forehead. Under the long nose there is a little mouth. The body slightly cambers forward and presents prominent breasts, as well as marks of scarification on the belly. The arms are bent at the level of the elbows, the hands lay on the sides of the stomach. Placed on a custom-made stand.

The Asie Usu is a nature or bush spirit. These pieces are worshipped outside of the village to attract the protection and benevolence of divinities. These figurines of tribal art serve as a habitat for spirits. The more beautiful and well-carved these are, the more the spirit will be happy to live in it. During their consultations with clients, the Baule soothsayers use these Asie Usu figurines to form a link between the physical and the spiritual worlds.
To understand the cause of the problems or misfortunes encountered by their clients, the soothsayer places an Asie Usu figurine between him and his client. Through incantations, the soothsayer becomes possessed by the spirit living in the figurine, and this trance clearly demonstrates which are the problems to the soothsayer, how these can be solved, and what the future prepares for his client.

Shipment within 24 working hours.
Track & trace included.
With acknowledgement of receipt.

Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Asia Usu Statue
Indigenous object name
publié "Spirits of Africa"
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
29×0×0 cm
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