Standing female figure, Baule, Ivory Coast.
This is a fine female "blolo bla" figure rising from a rectangular base with strong legs, both arms carved close to the twisted body, big breasts, the hands with long fingers resting on the belly aside a prominent navel. The gentle swelling of her stomach, emphasized by the gesture of her hands, suggests her pregnancy. The fine grooved and elaborate coiffure and scarifications on her face are signs of a woman's beauty in Baule culture.
Light/middle brown wood, shiny patina, large cracks but stable. The cracks are caused by heat because the figure was placed above the fireplace (see picture).
The figure comes with a picture of the living room of an artist family from the Hague during the second world war.
Height: 54 cm - 21.26 inch.