Bloblo Bian male figure
Early 20th century
Carved wood and pigments
Height: 35 cm – 13 ¾ in.
Ex private collection, Netherlands
Ex Galerie Frank Van Craen, Antwerp
In the Baule system of beliefs, all human beings have Blolo bla or Blolo bian (spirit spouses) who can influence their lives. Carved portraits of spouses from the other world were meant to honor these spirits, and, in return, to receive their protection.
The figure presented here stands out for its elegance and the refinement of its carving.