Baule Colonial Figure

4099

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Baule
ITEM #:
4099
ETHNICITY:
Baule
ORIGIN:
Cote D’Ivoire
BAULE COLONIAL FIGURE:
A wooden colonial figure in a formal suit and a jaunty pose by the Baule people of Ivory Coast

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African Art

ITEM NAME:
Baule Colonial Figure
ITEM #:
4099
ETHNICITY:
Baule
ORIGIN:
Cote D’Ivoire
MEDIUM:
Wood, pigment.
DIMENSIONS:
11″ (28 cm) Tall.
CONDITION:
Good.


African Art

PROVENANCE:
Private Estate Collection – Florida, USA.


African Art

CATALOGUE NOTE:

An early, hand-carved and hand-painted colonial, wooden colonial figure in a formal suit and a jaunty pose by the Baule people of Ivory Coast. Colonial figures represent the influence of the European settlers to the former French Colony of West Africa. This shirtless male figure is primitive in design and carved from a single piece of wood. The bright colors imitate the different outfits worn by the colonialists. These unique carvings depict every day professions. Traditionally, a Baul√© woman would have a carving made of her “spirit lover”, an idealized vision of her future husband, who would have attributes such as strength and athleticism. A charming art-form with wonderful expressions, this genre of art evolved after the colonial period. Desired societal values began to be reflected so that colonial carvings were depicted as businessmen or in professions depicting wealth, prosperity, intelligence and status.