A Baule maternity sculpture from the region Sakasssou, Ivory Coast, standing on finely elaborated base, muscular legs ending in prominent buttocks, accentuated knees, a slender torso with a pointed navel and cone-shaped breasts, rounded shoulders leading to arms holding a child in a lying position and looking sidewise, the torso is decorated with different scarification marks on the front and the backside, emphasized shoulder-blades, the thick cylindrical neck supporting a round head, a slightly open mouth beneath a slender nose with prominent nostrils, the nose connected with the high arched brows, almond-shaped eyes which are bordered all around, further scarification marks at the corners of the mouth and on the forehead, the head capped by a sophisticated four-parted coiffure; reddish patina with traces of kaolin, signs of age and ritual use, several cracks. Provenance Mohamed Belo Garba, Korhogo, Ivory Coast.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule: African Art Western Eye, 1997; Bernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zurüch 2014, p. 81-106;Alain-Michel Boyer: Baule. Visions of Africa, Milan 2008; Wolfgang Jaenicke: Maternities West African Art.
900 - 1.200,- Euro
Height: 52 cm Weight: 1,4 kg
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