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Female Figure (blolo bla)

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Baule sculptures have long been favorites among collectors. Their relatively naturalistic proportions, symmetry, refined surfaces, and quiet resolve appealed to Europeans and Americans. These figures give visible form to either nature spirits or otherworldly men and women (blolo bla) who affect...

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1975, sold by Mr. Sillah (or Silla; dealer), Cambridge, MA, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Baule peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century, 1950–75

Object Place

Ivory Coast


Overall: 39 x 10 x 11.5 cm (15 3/8 x 3 15/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Africa and Oceania