This is an Old Baule Seated Female Figure Holding a Child with African Beads and Braiding around its Neck and Legs that comes from the People Cote d'Ivoire. Among the Baule people the human experience evolves out of these figures represent an ideal of man or womanhood, embodying not only physical perfection, but social, moral and intellectual achievement. Spirit spouse sculptures can be seen as a kind of opposite sex alter ego and are fascinating. The Baule are one of a number of African groups who believe that before birth, human beings all had Blolo bla (spirit wife) and Blolo bian (spirit husband) spouses in the other world who can influence their lives and remains inextricably linked to the ancestral spirit world, or blolo (roughly, "the village of truth"), which controls and determines the fate of the living. This female figure most likely represents a sculpture made for a spirit wife. These figures represent an ideal of embodying not only physical perfection, but social, moral and intellectual achievement. This seated figure would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
Shows age, is encrusted, right arm has native repair, chip on knee, discoloration, but in good condition. Collectors Item
13 3/4 Inches Tall
3 1/4 Inches Wide
3 3/4 Inches Deep
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