Lot: 172

Standing female figure "blolo bla"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Henri Schouten (1940-2012), Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Los Angeles, USA
German Private Collection (1982)
H: 13.8 inch 4500 EUR / 9000 EUR

wood, base This figure captivates with its delicate, graceful appearance, the slender, free worked arms and particularly finely worked details, such as the filigree braided plaits and the small hands. She wears an elaborate hairstyle and is lavishly decorated with scarification marks on her face and body. According to the Baule's sense of beauty, this figure is the idealised representation of a woman. It is the embodiment of a "spouse from the otherworldly world", whom the Baule believe that they can influence the fortunes of the living. These figures were usually kept on a small altar in the bedroom, and sacrifices such as coins or eggs were offered to them.

Lunsford, John, The Gustave & Franyo Schindler Collection of African Sculpture, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1975, p. 76, ill. 23