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    Baule (Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa)
    Male figure
    Wood and fiber
    Height: 20 inches

    Among the Baule, trance diviners, men who are able to speak to the spirits, often commission wooden figures that are kept in their private sleeping areas. This figure might have belonged to a diviner because of the iron gong he holds, which is used to entice spiritual possession. When members of the community consult with a trance diviner, they are invited inside the sleeping area but have strict rules to not look directly at nor ask questions regarding the sculptures.

    This well carved male figure sits in a high backed chair. He is wearing sandals and has a large armband and bracelet on his proper left arm. The refined face has a serene expression, raised scarification, and a braided fiber beard.

    There is damage to the feet as shown, and cracks on the torso of the figure. There is weathering on the shoulders.

    PROVENANCE:
    Formerly in the collection of John Hays Hammond, New York. (Please see description of Lot 54247 for details on the Hammond provenance. His pieces were collected by him while in Africa, circa 1893.)


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    May, 2014
    16th Friday
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