African Baule carving of
a female, with carved red cache sexe and a beaded
waste band. Classic Baule coiffure, face and body scarification, red painted
nipples, standing on a circular base. Hands joined at the belly, framing
were done to symbolize
a mate or lover
in the other world.
It appears that the left breast was once broken off and has been repaired,
significant cracks have materialized in the back of the torso and head.
There also is a major chunk broken out of the base. The underside
base displays serious natural degradation.
Not unusual, given the age of the piece
3 1/2" diameter
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