Statuette Baule - Côte d'ivoire
This « Bloblo bla » statuette represents a spiritual spouse in the Baule tribe. The delicate features reflect an ideal of feminine perfection. The curves are graceful. The statuette stands on two separated feet with detailed toes. The powerful legs present marked knees. The waist is belted with beads. The arms are detached from the torso and join around the protruding navel adorned with a semi-circular scarification. This gesture and the scarifications that adorned the belly of this woman might be a symbol of fertility and underline the importance of the transmission of life.
The shoulders, the neck and the back of the statuette also present detailed linear and squared scarifications, while cheloids adorn the temples on the face.
The sculpture distinguishes itself by a very elaborated headdress. Indeed it is arranged in a succession of chignons adorned with very finely detailed braids that end down in a mat at the back of the head.
The eyes with slightly incised eyelids are in almond shape and frame a very thin nose with marked nostrils. A brass circle adorns the forehead. The mouth is barely sketched. The inner expression gives the statuette a very hieratic expression while the position of the hand emphasis on the importance of the lineage in the Baule culture.
The beautiful dark patina testifies of its ritual use and great age.