Lot: 190

88th Tribal Art Auction

Receptacle with anthropomorphic lid "kwle"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Manfred Pütz, Cologne, Germany H: 8.3 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, partly shiny dark brown patina, min. dam., cracks, traces of insect caused damage (bottom), slight traces of usage. Wooden and brass containers for shea butter are known to be used by the Baule and their Senufo and Akan neighbours. The Baule place great value on personal control, bodily cleanliness and beauty. The lids of these containers, in addition to their contents, reflect ideals of beauty that would have been expected by their owners: a fine elaborate coiffure and facial scarifications, a refined, polished surface, resembling the radiant complexion their contents guaranteed.

Vogel, Susan Mullin, African Aesthetics, New York 1986, p. 198, ill. 149