Dimensions: H:28.7" W:5.9" L:5.9" Weight: 5.7 lbs.
Baule Fetish Figure from Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) - This charming female fetish figure is utilized by the Baule for women's ceremonies, accompanying the queen to make offerings to the ancestors. This item would have belonged to a Baule Komian ( Spiritual Healer).
About the Tribe
Baule or Baoule people are found in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) between the Comoé and Bandama rivers. The Baule belong to the Akan peoples and one of the largest groups in Côte d'Ivoire who historically migrated from Ghana. They played a central role in twentieth-century history of the country. They waged the longest war of resistance to French colonization of any West African people, and maintained their traditional objects and beliefs longer than many groups in such constant contact with European administrators, traders, and missionaries.