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 represent an ancestor
or a mate or lover
beyond the spiritual divide.
It appears 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.
All this aging took place while the object was
in African native possession. The price reflects the aging and native repair and the fact it is still an impressive example of authentic African/Baule carving.. The object has been sequestered in climate-controlled conditions since acquisition
3 1/2" diameter
return to African
tribal art gallery
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