Mother and child figure - ROM2011_12253_2


Mother and child figure

Maker: Unknown artist or workshop, Baule style
Medium:Wood, paint
Geography: Ivory Coast, Africa
Date: before 1986
H. 47.5 cm, W. 16 cm, D. 20 cm
Object number: 2009.126.51
Credit Line: Donated by Esther Amrad Dagan in Memory of her daughter Halit, and in homage to unknown African artists
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThe Baule believe that before their birth individuals had family in the other world, and that a jealous spiritual spouse may bring harm to an individual if not properly considered and worshipped. Figures such as this one, are produced as bolo bla, or spirit wife. Spirit spouses are kept in private shrines and are believed to help their human partners in various aspects of their lives. Because of their visual appeal, such figures are now also made for sale on the international and tourist market where they are often purchased by western dealers and collectors.
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