Female Spirit Spouse - Baule People, Ivory Coast - CGM23
Female Spirit Spouse - Baule People, Ivory Coast - CGM23
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Female Spirit Spouse - Baule People, Ivory Coast - CGM23

$6,800.00
Baule figures are viewed as embodiments of "spirit spouses" from the other world.
Each Baule man or woman is supposed to have a wife "blolo bla" or husband "blolo bian" whom he or she left behind to come to the realm of the living.
If the spiritual spouse is neglected, or if a Baule believes that it is displeased with him, an altar must be set up to make offerings to appease the angry spirit.
These offerings include the sculpted portrait of the spouse of the beyond & they are carried around everywhere they go.
The beauty of the figures is an integral part of their function. The statues are oiled, clothed & sometimes decorated with jewelry.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York and ex. McConnell collection.
Height: 16 ⅜
Width: 4
Depth: 3 &⅝"
Please note, the right hand is missing, and there is a lot of wear and tear on this piece, and as such it is being sold as is.
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