Africa | Standing female spirit spouse "blol bla" from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood | When the owner of a spirit-spouse dies, the object loses its purpose. It discards its sacred status for his descendants and lies abandoned in the house. It is therefore no desecration to give it away or sell it, which explains the abundance of figures of this kind in the West. | The male ancestor figure is called "blolo bian"
La statue Baoulé est une expression parfaite de l' art africain
Baule Female Statue (detail) H 42.5 cm he work of an unknown Baule master, active in the 19th and early 20th century in central Ivory Coast. Sculptures by this artist are distinguished by the overall refinement of the carving, the fairly naturalistic body proportions, great attention to details such as a double-lined fold of the upper eyelid, a lustrous reddish-brown patina, and the attachment of plant fibers for hair. READ on