Baule Symbolic Spirit Door


Baule Symbolic Spirit Door

– Baule traditional Anuan (door)

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

there is a spirit world that runs parallel.


height – 140 cm

width – 71 cm

Would look amazing a wall art, decorative panel or as a table top

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Baule Symbolic Spirit Door

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.