In Baule society, aesthetics play an important role not only in providing the sculptor with a worthy source of inspiration but also in ensuring a sculpture's efficacy. This sculpture of a seated male figure presents an unusual level of stylization for a Baule figure. The circular face and the way the seat merges with the hind of the sitter are particularly distinctive. Baoule is the language of the Akan people who inhabit Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
Culture and Traditions
Baule culture is centralized, with a king or chief presiding over the population. Their religion is largely animist and includes worship of ancestors. Baule, an African people inhabiting Côte d’Ivoire between the Comoé and Bandama rivers. The Baule are an Akan group, speaking a Tano language of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family.
Michael Wasserman donated in the year 2002.
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Prairie View A&M University, "BAULE Culture of Arts from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - (Seated Female Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 39.