A Baule maternity, from the region Tiebissou, posted on a base, sitting on a finely elaborated two legged stool, the delicate feet and elongated toes supporting muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, one knee encirlcled by a string of beads, wearing a cloth around the hips, a slender torso with a pointed navel, hanging, tapering breasts, accentuated shoulder blades, powerful rounded shoulders, one arm bent, with the hand touching the right breast, the other hand holding a sucking child, the elongated cylindrical neck supporting an oval head, a slightly open mouth beneath a long nose leading to high arched brows, large almond-shaped eyes which are bordered all around, hemispherical ears with a prominent tragus, scarification marks of varied geometric motifs on the face and on the torso in the front and the backside, wearing a necklace of white beads, the head capped by a fine striated coiffure; brown to blackened patina, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks. Provenance Mr. Cabinet, Bouaké, Ivory Coast.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule. African Art, Western Eyes, 1997; Gernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zürich 2014, p. 81-106; Wolfgang Jaenicke: Maternities West African Art.
800 – 900,- Euro
Height: 52 cm Weight: 800 g
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