BAULE FERTILITY STATUE
This is a lovely Old Carved Wood Baule Female Mother and Child Statue from Mali. Baule art is sophisticated and stylistically diverse. Wooden sculptures allow a closer contact with the supernatural world. Baule statues are usually standing on a base with legs slightly bent, with their hands resting on their abdomen in a gesture of peace, and their elongated necks supporting a face with typically raised scarification and bulging eyes. The coiffure is always very detailed and is usually divided into plaits. Baule figures answer to two types of devotion: one depicts the “spiritual” spouse who, in order to be appeased, requires the creation of a shrine in the personal hut of the individual. This is a wonderful statue that would compliment your collection or home.