Baule Animal Spirit Door

$1,795.00 inc. GST

Baule Animal Spirit Door

– Depicting a crocodile and a bird, revered figures in Baule culture.

Stunning hand-carved item will look amazing in any decor.

Dimensions (H) 148 cm (W) 63 cm

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Description

Baule Carved Marriage Door

The Baule people believe that in addition to the world of the living,

there is a spirit world that runs parallel. In it, each man and woman

has a spirit mate which can be called upon to assist in the real world.

If one has problems succeeding in life then a wooden statue called a

“spirit figure” or “spirit spouse” can be carved that embodies this spirit.

Baule carving traditions embrace embellished functional objects,

mask forms that enhance performances and sculptures that facilitate

relations with the spirit world. Wooden doors known as anuan, adorned

with human, animal, and vegetal motifs were once produced by Baule

carvers to embellish entrances to public and private spaces such as courtyards

and rest houses. The carvers used the rectangular surface of the doors as canvases

to elaborate in low or high relief scenes that are either purely decorative

or that allude to proverbs and myths.

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