Baule Maternity, Ivory Coast, region Buaflé, seated on a one-legged chair, holding one child in the arms and another one is clinging to her back, a slender torso with hanging, tapering breasts, rounded shoulders, around the upper arms are three carved bracelets on each side, the elongated neck is supporting a large oval head with fine facial features, a protruding mouth beneath a slender nose framed by large open eyes, high arched eyebrows which are connected in the middle by three small rectangular scarification marks, semi-circular ears, scarification marks all over the sculpture, fine grooved hairline, the parted coiffure in striated manner with pigtail at the back; shiny black surface, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks, with an authentic repair on the head, partly eroded.
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; Wolfgang Jaenicke: Maternities West African Art.
700 – 900,- Euro
Height: 55 cm
Weight: 2 kg