Baule figure, Ivory Coast
14.5" tall
wood, pigment
ex Fily Keita, CA
ex Amyas Nagele, NY
ex private collection, NJ


I enjoy figures where their arms are carved
away from their bodies like this. I love the
slightly forward movement of the figure as
well as the arm and hand placement. The
figure has a wonderful serene expression
and I love the fine details in the face and
hair. The placement of the knife behind one
of the hands is also a nice and uncommon
feature. The figure most likely dates from the
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