Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:00AM EST - Sun, Dec 18, 2016 10:00AM EST
Baule primitive maternity figure from Ivory Coast with loin cloth and headband; measures approximately 20" tall; please refer to photographs for condition. The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted sculptural and masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples. Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. The quiet, dignified figures embody spirits from the other world. They functioned as the home of a spirit to whom sacrifices were made and had to be placated with care.