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Male Figure

Baulé

Artwork Details

Male Figure
circa 1950
Baulé
carved wood
14 9/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 15/16 in (37 cm x 8 cm x 7.5 cm);14 9/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 15/16 in (37 cm x 8 cm x 7.5 cm)
Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Horace M. Miner
1984/1.264

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Figurative statuary represent either spirits of the bush or spirit-lovers. Because spirit-lovers interfere with one's love life with one's spouse, it is important to appease these potentially troublesome spirits. Upon consultation with a spiritual-specialist, a wooden image is carved and a prescribed ritual is assigned to the owner. One ritual includes fondling and oiling the image. Consequently they acquire a glossy patina. This is a classic example of how the purpose of an image ultimately determines its appearance.

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