X94.18.2 Otherworld husband (blolo bian) & X94.17.2 Otherworld wife (blolo bla)

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Object Name: Otherworld wife (blolo bla)

Artist: Unknown

Culture: Baule peoples

Place of Origin: Côte d’Ivoire

Date/Era: 20th century

Medium/Materials: Wood and paint

Dimensions: H: 31.0 cm, W: 7.5 cm, D: 8.0 cm (H: 12.2 in, W: 2.9 in, D: 3.1 in)

Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift.

Accession Number: X94.17.2

 

Object Name: Otherworld husband (blolo bian)

Artist: Unknown

Culture: Baule peoples

Place of Origin: Côte d’Ivoire

Date/Era: 20th century

Medium/Materials: Wood and paint

Dimensions: H: 33.6 cm

Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift.

Accession Number: X94.18.2

Description

Each of these figures was created at the recommendation of a diviner to represent the “otherworld mate” of a Baule man or woman. Offerings made to the figure would help resolve problems relating to marriage, sexuality, or fertility. These figures are not a pair and were carved separately in response to the needs of two different people.

Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006.

See also: Marla C. Berns, World Arts, Local Lives: The Collections of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, 2014.

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