Lot: 180

94th Tribal Art Auction

Standing female figure "asie usu" or "blolo bla"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Walter Stanley Schwab, Murten, Switzerland ("WS 27") H: 14.4 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, remains of black paint, rep., insect caused damage, base Schwab remarked on this object: "Forest spirits and bush goblins invade the villages at night and do all kinds of mischief. When a magician priest determines that such a spirit possesses a villager, he orders the carving of a "blolo" figure as a dwelling place for the bush goblin. If the figure is then regularly fed with rice, the spirit calms itself and the disturbances stop".