DescriptionBAULE, Ivory Coast
Wood, pigments, glass beads, fiber
A "Blolo Bla" is a female figure or image of a "wife from the spirit world." "Blolo" is loosely translated as "the village of truth" in the spirit world, to which the soul of every Baule person remains connected throughout life. Every soul is intact in the spirit world before being born into this, the physical world, and every soul has a spouse in the spirit world. Normally, the spirit spouse is unseen and unfelt, but sometimes it becomes dissatisfied or jealous and causes trouble to make its feelings known. After misfortune or an unexpected run of bad luck, the person consults a diviner, who can diagnose the problem, sending the person to a carver, who makes a figure of the spirit spouse. The carving fixes the spirit in the physical world and the person then spends time with the image in communion, making small sacrifices to its now accessible spirit to reestablish harmony. Normally, the ownership and use of such a figure is a private matter, not mentioned in public.
There are significantly more female spirit spouse figures than male ones, indicating that men feel more disturbances from spirit world spouses than women, and the use of such figures has now been transferred from villages to cities. The present figure is transitional, retaining a traditional hairstyle and woman's glass waist beads, but wearing European shoes. Wear is apparent on the heels but the figure is in overall very good condition, with no losses.
The Robert V. Berg Collection
Height: 15½ inches
Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information.
Sales Tax information | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
You have done a terrific job! I am so pleased. Thank you for your professionalism, it's been a complete pleasure dealing with you.View More Testimonials
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)