A Very Heavy Old carved wooden "Spirit Husband" or Blolo Bian, a male effigy kept by the bedside and often rubbed and cleaned, the Baule believe that if a person who experiences physical or emotional distress should seek the advice of a diviner who might determine that a jealous partner in the spirit world is the cause of the problem. To address the situation, a male or female figure of the type shown here will be commissioned to serve as the focal point for offerings to the spirit partner. The anatomy and decorations of this male example epitomize the Baule ideal of human beauty. .Baule peoples, West Africa.a Great example, custom mounted. From a New Jersey collection. Measures 22.5 inches tall on professional Base.
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Handsome Old Baule Spirit Husband with Offering Bowl, Fine African Art