Ivorian Wooden Sculpture of a Man

SKU PF.4776
Circa

19 Century AD to 20th Century AD

Dimensions

47.5″ (120.7cm) high

Medium

Wood

Origin

Ivory Coast

Gallery Location

S Korea


 

Placed at the entrance of a village, this imposing figure was intended to ward off evil spirits. The statue is in fact beautifully proportioned; with a bulging forehead, long neck, broad shoulders and enormous stomach, combined to project a force that is very effective. The protruding stomach is balanced by the extended mouth, each with radiating white lines (like waves of energy), indicating scarification. In a region where food can be scarce, corpulence is not only a sign of wealth, but also of the person being in favor with the spirit world. The powerful form of the mouth gives the impression of a great primordial wind, capable of blowing away any spirit intruders. This extraordinary statue epitomizes the universal human drive to combat the evil forces that endanger our survival.

Login to view price    
 
More...