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Female Figure (blolo bla)

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The Baule peoples believe that everyone has a spouse in his or her previous existence who can affect good or bad fortune. This figure represents a man's wife in the other world who, like his wife in this world, must not be neglected. Men and women keep their otherworld spouses in shrines and...

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Credit Line

Lent by William E. Teel

African, Cote d'Ivoire, Baule peoples, 20th century


60.96 cm (24 in.)

Accession Number

L-R 226.1997

Medium or Technique

Wood and kaolin (a fine, white clay)


Africa and Oceania