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A fine and Impressive pair of primitive antique Baule and Jimini carved African figures, Ivory Coast.
The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted sculptural and masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples.
Baule figures can be among the most elegant and designed pieces in Africa. Many show careful execution of face, coiffure and scarification details, with refined forms but no loss of expressiveness and power. The quiet, dignified figures embody spirits from the other world. They functioned as the home of a spirit to whom sacrifices were made and had to be placated with care.
The Baule are noted for their fine wooden sculpture, particularly for their ritual statuettes representing ghosts or spirits
Purchased from the collection of Paul Gotay. Paul is a recognized African art collector and Defense Attorney out of Nevada. His collections have been displayed in Salt Lake City as well as prominent museums and galleries across the US.
Geography: Côte d'Ivoire, Dabakala City, Comoé River region
Culture: Senufo peoples / Jimini group / Akan peoples / Baule
Good antique condition, wear and distressing commensurate with age and use, finish loss, edge wear, cracking, chipping.
5.5 x 6.5 x 23.75