Lot: 18388th Tribal Art Auction
Seated male figure
Côte d'Ivoire, Baule
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|American Private Collection||H: 20.7 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, black paint, kaolin, traces of yellow pigment (backside), blue glass beads, elaborate worked, slightly dam., cracks, abrasion of paint, missing part (seat). Baule statuettes of seated male or female figures are mostly connected with the "asie usu", the spirits of the bush. They are part of the normal equipment of "komien" (fortune-tellers), and assist them in their communication with helpful spirits. The spirit is represented as a wise and prosperous counselor.