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|Baule, Côte d'Ivoire|
As this beautifully crafted male 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 the classic Baule introverted facial expression; a finely detailed face and exceptionally detailed craftsmanship throughout. The ketoid scarification throughout the figure is exceptionally carved. It is of a quality rarely seen in the Western market, and of a style that fetches high prices at auction due to its beauty, fine aesthetic, and exceptional age, approximately 100 years. It is likely that this figure may have been carved from the same hand as the beautiful Baule figure from the famous Hubert Goldet collection and sale, Lot 197, which sold for 50,000 Francs (without buyers commission). While the Baule carve figures for a number of critically important uses, it is most likely that this dignified figure embodies a male spirit from the other world or more specifically a blolo bian, or spirit husband figure. Historically, they have been carved with a counterpart figure, an otherworldly wife. It has been believed that if these figures were well taken care of that they helped their human partners in all areas of life. 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. It must be noted when existing scholarship is consulted that there may have been other possible functions for the figure that should not be entirely eliminated from a discussion about its original function. For example, asye usu figures (often elegantly carved standing male and female figures) were the abode of spirits associated with diviners, and bo usu sculptures were shrine figures to which sacrifices were made. An exceptional figure.
|Lot ID: 17|
|Low Estimate: $18,000|
|High Estimate: $28,000|
|Next Bid: $9,000|
|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), pigment stain, oils, encrustation from applied shrine materials|
|Dimensions: 15.75" (40 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. 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 American Collection; for comparable figure likely by the same carver, see Lot 197, Hubert Goldet Sale, 2001|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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