Carved female figure

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Female figure, 20th century
West Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule people

Donated by A G Walker, 1965
Museum number 1965-40

This form of Baule sculpture can represent different types of spirits - nature spirits, believed to have the power to possess human beings, and spirit spouses. Every Baule had a spouse in the spirit world, whom he or she left behind to join the world of the living. The highly polished wood and serene expression appealed to European taste.

Carved female figure
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