Wood, shiny patina, portrayed in a standing position of formal calmness, face and body with scarification marks, elegant coiffure. This figure served as a female spirit spouse, blolo bla, and its representation embody Baule ideals of beauty with elegant coiffures, scarification marks, and generous breasts. Baule people believe that every person has a spirit spouse. This spirit spouse has a great influence for good and evil in all spiritual and terrestrial matters. After earthly marriage, one night of the week is kept for sleeping with the spirit spouse, and earthly spouses may not sleep together. The carvings are kept very private, and are rarely seen.
Fragmentary legs, missing parts, slight traces of abrasion., on wooden base.
H: 26,5 cm (10 1/2 inch)
Literature: Bacquart, Jean-Baptiste (2010) The Tribal Arts of Africa.
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