Small Baule shrine figure. Wood, remains of offerings encrusted. H = 18 cm
Introducing a small and exquisite Baule shrine figure, now available for purchase. This ancient figure is hand-carved from wood and has a height of 18 cm, making it a perfect addition to any collection.
This Baule shrine figure has a fascinating history and has been authenticated as a genuine piece from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast. It shows remnants of offerings that have been left at the shrine over time, and has a beautiful gray encrusted patina that adds to its character and charm.
The intricate details of this Baule shrine figure are truly remarkable. The figure is hand-carved with precision and skill, featuring intricate patterns and designs that are symbolic of the Baule people's cultural heritage. It represents a spiritual guardian or deity and is believed to possess magical powers.
This particular Baule shrine figure holds significant cultural and historical importance as it served as a center for prayer and ritual in the past, ensuring protection and prosperity for the community. Today, it is a rare and valuable collector's item that is highly sought after.
If you're looking for a unique and culturally significant piece for your art collection, this Baule shrine figure is a must-have. Its authenticity, intricate design, and historical significance make it a rare and valuable item that you will cherish for years to come.
The Baule people are an ethnic group from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. They have a rich cultural heritage, including a unique and complex religious system that combines elements of ancestor worship, animism, and spirit possession.
One important aspect of Baule religion is the use of small statues or figures, such as the Baule shrine figure being described. These figures serve as spiritual guardians or intermediaries between the living and the spirit world. They are believed to possess magical powers and are often used in religious ceremonies and rituals. This one has clearly been rubbed and offered for decades, giving it a beautiful layered patina.
The Baule believe that these figures represent specific spirits or deities that can offer protection, guidance, and prosperity to the community. They are kept in shrines or altars, and offerings are made to them in the form of food, drink, and other items. The remnants of offerings that are visible on the Baule shrine figure being described attest to this important aspect of Baule religion.
In addition to their religious function, Baule figures like this one are also highly valued as works of art. They have become highly sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts around the world, and are considered a rare and valuable addition to any collection.
Order now and bring a piece of the Baule people's spiritual tradition into your home or office.