Old piece with some damage due to wood bugs. First quarter 20-th century
Note with standing its age, this piece is relatively well-preserved. It shows a seated female of high social status holding her hands on her belly. Remarkably nice details in hairdo and body scarifications. Probably a so-called Asye-Usu figure, thought by the Baulé to house the spirit that inspires the divinator to make contact with the other-world to find answers for his client's problems.
For full description see photo number 30
Literature see : François Neyt: Trésors de Côte d'Ivoire, Brussels 2014, figs. 170 ff.
Dimensions : 55 x 14 x 13cm. socle 17 x 17 x 5 cm.
Tribe : Baulé
Region : Bauaké, the heartland of Baulé- culture
Material : Hardwood with old shiny patina
Weight : 1.875 kg.
Provenance : Private collection, Paris. Acquired on the open art market in 1948.
For original text from seller, see on this site: English
Sold with written declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of Black Africa, south of the Sahara.
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