Item offered:

Baule Male Spirit Spouse Statue
(Ivory Coast)


Description:

On offer from our personal collection is this handsome old spirit spouse figure - or blolo bian - from the Baule peoples of the Ivory Coast. Kept in personal shrines, they are treasured possessions of their earth-bound "mates."

A large sculpture standing nearly 28", & carved from dense, heavy wood, the face features coffee bean-shaped eyes, & a mouth with protruding tongue. A raised, striated band across the upper brow accentuates the crown & multi-point, plaited coiffure. His twisted double beard suggests he may represent tribal royalty.

Despite some imperfections in the wood, including scuffs, scrapes & abrasions, a few minor chips (including an old chip to the left ear), & old dry age-cracks (stable), this stately statue is in good overall condition. Encrusted patina & age-related wear. A compelling display.


Materials:
wood

Approximate dimensions:
27.75" H x 7" W x 7" D

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 19-lbs.

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Materials:
wood
Approximate dimensions:
27¾" H x 7" W x 7" D
Estimated age:
50+ years
Total shipping weight:
ca. 19-lbs.
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