A celebration of the body through tribal and primitive arts
These statues were crafted by the Baoulé Tribe,one of the most significant tribes of the Ivory Coast.
Tribal and primitive arts are meant to both sublimate and represent the body in its utmost essence and simplicity. These statues were crafted by the Baoulé Tribe, one of the most significant tribes of the Ivory Coast. Their name is a reminder of their origins. Legend has it Queen Aba Pokou was guiding herpeople through exodus towards the goldmine regions, over the course of the 18th century. Along the way, she sacrified her own son to a river’s god in order for the latter to enable her to cross the river. At the time, her people were called the « Bauli », which translates as : « the son is dead ». Baoulé statues are characterised by their depiction of a certain realism; on these statues, we can observe what appears to be the beauty standards of this tribe: full rounded ankles, long hands and slender fingersmodest buttocks, prominent navels, and oblongbosoms.
An ethnic Baoulé couple from the Ivory Coast, wooden material.