Baule Blolo Bian Seated Female Spirit Spouse Miniature 9.5 Inch Côte d'Ivoire
A standing figure identified as a ‚ÄúBlolo Bian‚Äù (spirit lover-husband of the other world), coming from the Baule of Ivory-Coast. This is a well carved piece made by a talented artist . These ‚Äòspirit world spouses', are kept in personal shrines where offerings are made to them and where they are close by their real world spouse.
As a ‚Äúblolo bian‚Äù, a husband of the other world, this figure reflects the Baule aesthetic of idealized beauty for the carving of the ‚Äúmale spirit lover‚Äù must be as beautiful in sculptural form as he is idealized in the ‚Äòspirit world'. The figure does not need to be a photographic copy of the ‚Äúspirit lover‚Äù but must reflect Baule ideals of beauty of the figure in the prime of his life, physically mature neither too young nor too old but in a perfect and healthy state of being.
Attention is focused upon the head with emphasis given to the well-carved details of the face with scarification on the cheeks, at the sides of the mouth, and cheeks. The legs are well carved and stand on its own carved bade; the stance of slightly bent knees is consistent with Baule aesthetic standards showing the body in all of its quiet masculinity and sensual promise. The surface indicates some age and damage at the back of the head is evidence of indigenous use of the figure.
Approximate Age: Mid 20th Century
Made In: Africa