Exceptional Baule Male Standing Figure, Ivory Coast. height 20 1/2 inches. Wood.
This exceptionally carved figure stands in an attentive posture with shoulders rolled back, arms at the sides and hands with elongated fingers resting on the stomach. A most striking feature is his intricately carved and braided tripartite beard which curves delicately almost half way down the torso. The finely incised coiffure is accentuated with two conical, crescent-form decorations on top and a raised S-form element beginning at the temples, curving over the ears and ending at the back of the neck; raised scarifications highlight the temples, the neck, the back and the chest; the proportionally balanced torso with muscular buttocks and calves terminating at the now lost feet; fine dark-brown patina overall
Sold for $47,500