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Lot 0630
**Originally Listed At $750**

West Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Baule peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely carved wooden standing figure created by a Baule artisan of West Africa. Such a figure is known as a "blolo bian" - an ancestral "dream husband" sculpture that would be placed in the home, looked after and attentively cared for, as such special figures are believed to act as a medium between the living and spiritual realms. Figures like this example are also called "dream lovers" because they are believed to visit the living in their dreams and may serve as an oracle who can predict the future or act as a lover in one's dreams. This example boasts a finely-incised, centrally-parted coiffure, scarification marks on the cheeks and neck, delineated legs and genitalia, skillfully-formed facial features, and lustrous espresso-hued patina across all surfaces. Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 3" W x 11.75" H (7.6 cm x 29.8 cm); 12.8" H (32.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private New York, USA collection

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Minor nicks and abrasions to base, legs, body, arms, and head, and a couple of stable hairline fissures along the back and posterior, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits and stunning brown patina throughout.

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Early 20th C. African Baule Wood Blolo Bian Figure

Estimate $1,300 - $1,950Oct 17
Artemis Gallerybadge TOP RATED
Louisville, CO, USA