Côte d’Ivoire; Akan and Baule peoples Male figure Wood, beads H. 50.8 cm (20”) The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The Stanley Collection, X1986.259 Based on a report published at the turn of the century (Delafosse 1900: 443) that beautifully carved “human figures are placed on the tomb or grave of the deceased or even in the tomb, so that the spirit may find a place of repose,” Kjersmeier (1935 I) and many others have described Baule figures as memorials or even portraits of ancestors.
Seated female Baule figure, Ivory Coast. Height 46 cm. At TEFAF Maastricht 2016, Bernard de Grunne presents 'Seated Baule figure as Thrones of the Spirits'. A rare collection of 18 museum-quality pieces from the Baule tribe in Central Ivory Coast.