African Maternity figure - Baule - Ivory Coast - SOLD OUT

Baoulé statuary and its refinement: traditional African art

We find in this traditional African statue the aesthetic canons of Baoulé art: finesse of the features, at the level of the face as of the whole of the room. Scarification is present on the body and the facies. The mother gently carries the child and sits on a small Akan-style stool with crenellated uprights. The aesthetics of Baoulé art is not a coincidence and is in fact linked to the belief that the spirits and geniuses of the bush appreciate the beautiful rooms in which they come then settle down, the statues serving them. made of receptacles, and then flattered by the quality of the sculpture, decide to ensure their benevolence and protection to the owner of the objects. This piece is remarkable as much in the balance of shapes and volumes as in the care given to details and patina. It is therefore a success from a sculptural point of view. The look was reinforced by the addition of black pigment on the eyes.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Baoulé / Baulé
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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