|Type of Object||
Figure on custom Base
|Country of Origin||
Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast
Fabric, Wood, stain, pigment, and beads
Repair to female right arm,
About the Baule People
“The Baule represent one of the most important tribes of the Ivory Coast. Their name is testimony to their birth – according to legend, Queen Aba Pokou led her people on an exodus towards the gold-mining areas during the 18th century and had to cross a river where she was obliged to sacrifice her son to the river god, thus giving her people the name Bauli, ‘the son is dead’. During the 19th century, the queendom disintegrated due to internal conflicts and by the beginning of the 20th century, when the French colonials arrived, they found only a network of villages, headed by councils of venerated men.
Baule artists produced numerous works of art and Baule carvers are still very active today. With their great sense of stylization and attention to detail, they have produced some of the most elegant objects of all African art. “
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.
About the Blolo Bla (Blolo Bla – wife, Blolo Bian – husband)
“The Blolo Bla or Blolo Bian represents a spouse from the spirit world. Baule people believe that every person has such a spouse. It manifests itself through a series of dreams, usually of a sexual nature, and is believed to be responsible for practical and spiritual problems that arise in the life of that individual. Once carved under the direction of the village diviner, the statuette is kept in the person’s room and is offered food. Moreover, it is rubbed on the owner’s skin giving it a shiny patina.”