Baule Female Figure, Ivory Coast
height 20in (51cm)
gracefully carved seated in a dignified posture on an impressive, openwork stool with intricate incised geometric design on the base, her feet resting on incised platforms with angular legs and full-bodied hips supporting her columnar torso with triangular pointed breasts, her gently rounded shoulders leading to slightly bent arms at her side, the barrel form neck supporting a spherical head with tripartite coiffure of finely incised linear design above diminutive hollowed ears, an elegantly sloping and tapering facial plane with a heart-shaped face with arching brows leading to an extended, linear nose with broad nostrils between large, almond shaped squinting eyes and diminutive pursed mouth, finely carved raised tattooing on the face and neck complimenting sophisticated geometric scarification incised on both the front an back of her torso; fine varied dark brown, resinous patina.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Hoogstraate, The Netherlands
David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles