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|Baule, Côte d'Ivoire|
This superbly-carved and refined female figure was carved from the workshop of a known hand, the 'Asher Master'; there are few other examples in archives from this workshop. In addition to being published in “L Ame de l Afrique”, Serge Diakonoff, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Naef), page 118, it is one of the few remaining sculptures from this known workshop not already in an important private or institutional collection. The carving hand of the workshop of the "Asher Master" is unmistakable and the resulting creation is one of beauty, refinement, and a degree of elegance for which the Baule are known. The face is refined and elegant, with etched details; the coiffure is ridged in thin, narrowly incised rows; the outstretched arms are not exaggerated, and the legs are proportionally inventive, helping to create a single, unified sculpture. It appears to represent a maiden of pre-marriage age. Even the tiny lost wax caste brass bead, characterstic of a type well known in Cote de Ivoire, is a wonderful feature. Alone in a room, eyes cannot help but be drawn to this elegant figure, with a level of gracefulness not typically seen in sculptures of its kind. Of the finest quality; for further information on the Asher Master and comparables from the same hands, see "Expertise". Highly recommended to collectors and institutions alike, we do not know if other examples will ever become available on the market.
|Lot ID: 19|
|Low Estimate: $15,000|
|High Estimate: $30,000|
|Next Bid: $7,500|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, oils, encrustation|
|Dimensions: 13.5'' (34.29 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Lot 16-19 Baule Shrine Figure photo source - National Museum of African Art. As this beautifully crafted standing female figure illustrates, Baule figures can be among the most elegant and carefully designed pieces in Africa. This piece, carved from a single piece of wood, shows an introverted but slightly expressive face (due primarily to the design of the mouth and eyes), highly detailed, incised coiffure and detailed body features. It shows are carefully executed set of body scars, a dignity of form, and an interesting and provocative hand position which frames the protruding belly button.|
While the Baule carve figures for a number of critically important uses, it is most likely that this dignified figure embodies a female “wife” spirit from the other world. One can ascertain that this piece represents a blolo bla, or spirit wife figure. These figures are typically carved with a counterpart figure, an otherworldly husband. It is believed that if these figures are well taken care of, they helped their human partners in all areas of life; and traditionally, and more specifically, they functioned as the home of a spirit to whom sacrifices were made and had to be placated with care, often forming a mirror for the onlooker to assist in corrective behavior.
Further expertise: Barbier (Jean Paul), editor, "Arts de la Côte d'Ivoire dans les collections du Musée Barbier-Mueller", 2 vols. Genève: Musée Barbier-Mueller, 1993
|Provenance: Ex. Private Collection Randy Kahn, US, Ex. Fily Keita, US, Ex. Private European Collection; for other archived objects by the Asher Master see Yale Archive Nos. 0007386, 0057772; note, the workshop of the Asher Master produced a series of figures of which this is one; there is further commentary on the workshop by Bernard de Grunne which can be found in De Grunne "Tribal Fine Arts" 2008|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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