Maternity figure - Wood - Baoulé - Ivory Coast

Description
Maternity figure - Wood - Baoulé - Ivory Coast
Mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

A impressive wooden Baule maternity figure from Ivory Coast.
The figure embodies a number of symbolic elements as shrine figure; she is a ’mother’ and for the diviner she is a place of residence for the spirit of the bush to reside ready to be called upon by the diviner. This well carved figure exhibits typical Baule concern with the esthetics of the presentation of the beauty of the women and her child. Her hair is carefully combed and modeled and beautifully carved scarification's show her as a mature and prominent woman of her village.

Good condition, with clear traces of tribal use. The right arm of the child and the backside of the mothers coiffure are damaged. Great dark oily aged patina.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 - 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

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
Maternity figure
Ethnic group/ culture
Baoulé
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
86×24×21 cm
Weight
7000 g
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