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unknown Baulé
Baulé Primary



Waka Snan (People of Wood) Male Colonial Figure

Early 20th century
Carved wood

6 5/16 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (16 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.70
Other Number(s): 32 (84) (Neufeld Collection Number)
84 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Côte d'Ivoire, Central Ivory Coast
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Baulé, Ivorian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Baule - The style and culture of the Akan-speaking peoples traditionally living in the savanna region between the Bandama and N’zi rivers in central Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Since 1940, there has been significant migration of the Baule to the southern, forested part of the country in search of land more productive for coffee and cocoa planting. Baule art is considered a separate and distinct style, although specific categories of Baule art are historically and stylistically close to the art forms of their neighbors. The style and culture of the Akan-speaking peoples traditionally living in the savanna region between the Bandama and N’zi rivers in central Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Since 1940, there has been significant migration of the Baule to the southern, forested part of the country in search of land more productive for coffee and cocoa planting. Baule art is considered a separate and distinct style, although specific categories of Baule art are historically and stylistically close to the art forms of their neighbors.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Ivorian - Style and culture of the Ivory Coast.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996


Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 84
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0062958.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Susan Mullin Vogel, "People of Wood." Art Journal 33, no. 1 (Autumn 1973): 25, Figure Number: 4.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0155777.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Susan Mullin Vogel, "People of Wood." Art Journal 33, no. 1 (Autumn 1973): 23-26.
  • Philip L. Ravenhill, Baule Statuary Art : Meaning and Modernization (Smithsonian LIbraries, 1993), 1-6.

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