About this object

Baule ideas regarding the sources of suffering attributed bad luck, or difficulties in an individual’s personal life, to the jealousy of their ‘spirit spouse’ in the Other World. In such cases a solution was sought by having a special wooden figure carved for the afflicted person’s altar to their spirit spouse. This female figure would have been carved for the personal ‘spirit spouse’ altar of a Baule man, who would have offered gifts and prayers before it in order to remove his affliction.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Figure
  • Culture
    Baule
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Bead; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    391 mm x 84 mm x 95 mm; 15 3/8 in x 3 5/16 in x 3 3/4 in
  • Note
    Stockbook: Carved female figure (Baule). Gallery 43, 43 George Street London W1. Purchased in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Gallery label: People suffering bad luck offered gifts and prayers at the altar to their spirit spouse, who they believed had caused it.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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