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Culture Group:Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire) Title:Seated female figure (blolo bla) Date:19th - 20th century Medium:Pigment on wood Culture: Baule peoples (Côte d'Ivoire) Dimensions:16 x 4 x 5 inches (40.6 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm) Credit Line:Gift of Andrew and Vera Laska Accession number:1985.15.19 Label Copy: In traditional Baule religious belief, it is thought that every individual has a “spirit spouse” in the other world. Sometimes spirit spouses become angry or jealous of their living partners and disrupt their lives or bring misfortune. This naturalistically carved female figure was probably commissioned by a man to pacify his spirit spouse (blolo bla). The sculpture displays the attributes of a well-socialized Baule woman: finely coiffed hair, facial scarification, a long and well-defined neck, balanced and poised posture, and a serene, thoughtful expression.


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