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unknown Guro

Blolo Bla (Spirit Wife Figure)

Late 19th century - Early 20th century
Wood with pigment

10 7/16 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. (26.5 cm x 7 cm x 8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.62
Other Number(s): 65 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
22 (65) (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Guro, Ivorian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • blolo bla - Refers to spirit spouse figures made by the Baule people of West Africa, representing a woman. For spouse figures representing a man, see "blolo bian".
  • 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.
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • Guro
  • 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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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Journeys Through African Womanhood Bryn Mawr College , Feb 14, 2003 – Mar 28, 2003

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/17/1997

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 65
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0058247.

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Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020):
  • Kate Ezra, For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1981), 72-73. Figure Number: 35
  • "National Museum of African Art Online Database." (Accessed April 12, 2020): Smithsonian, Accession No.: 2000-26-1.
  • Susan Mullin Vogel, Baule: African Art Western Eyes (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1997), 51, 60, 69, 78, 83-85, 112, 114, 250, 255-256, 262, 267.
  • Philip L. Ravenhill, Baule Statuary Art : Meaning and Modernization (Smithsonian LIbraries, 1993), 1-6.

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