Lot: 183

88th Tribal Art Auction

Seated male figure

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection H: 20.7 inch This object is not available anymore.

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.