Lot: 127

Standing male figure "blolo bian"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule, Sakassou Region

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Patrick Girard, Lyon, France
Adrian Schlag, Brussels, Belgium
Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels, Belgium
H: 22.8 inch 35000 EUR / 70000 EUR

wood, metal, shell discs, glass bead, base The Baule believe that before birth, human beings all had "blolo bla" (spirit wife) and "blolo bian" (spirit husband) spouses in the other world. Spirit spouse figures can be seen as a kind of opposite sex alter ego. In case of health problems or other issues the diviners are consulted. They are the ones who tell the people that they have to order the carving of a "blolo" figure in order to get their problems solved. Sculptures for a spirit spouse are objects of individual devotion. They are placed on shrines established in the corner of the sleeping room of the spirits human partner. These spirits help their human partners broadly in their lives, and can spread their good will to the children or spouse of their partner.

Expo cat.: "Winter BRUNEAF. Brussels Non European Art Fair", Brussels, 2018, p. 47

Brussels, Belgium: "Winter BRUNEAF. Brussels Non European Art Fair", 24-28 January 2018