West Africa

The art of the Ivory Coast

To the Baule people, sculpture serves many functions and these can shift over time and within different contexts.

19th-20th century

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Pair of Diviner’s Figures (Baule peoples)
Pair of Diviner’s Figures (Baule peoples)

Used by a diviner during ritual sessions, these figures help to communicate with the spirits.

Owie Kimou, Portrait Mask <em>(Mblo)</em> of Moya Yanso (Baule peoples)
Owie Kimou, Portrait Mask (Mblo) of Moya Yanso (Baule peoples)

This mask is a portrait of a particular woman, but was worn and danced by her male relatives.

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