BAULE CHIEF’S STAFF, PROBABLY FROM THE TREASURE...

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BAULE CHIEF’S STAFF, PROBABLY FROM THE TREASURE...

BAULE CHIEF’S STAFF, PROBABLY FROM THE TREASURE OF THE SALEFOUES, NORTHEASTERN BAULE TERRITORY, IVORY COAST
H. 10.03 in – 61.41 in

Provenance:
- Collection Patrick Girard, Lyon
- Collection Béatrice et Patrick Caput, Paris

Publication:
- Patrick Caput et Valentine Plisnier, Arts d’Afrique. Portraits d’une collection, 2016, p.48- 51
In June 1960, Parisian dealer Maurice Ratton (1903-1973) took an interest in the «Treasure of the Saléfoués» in the magazine La Vitrine. Including some ten statuettes and ceremonial objects, this ancestral treasure was presented to the «interim commander of the Circle of Nzi-Comoni», Joseph Cornet, in June 1910 as a sign of submission by the King of the Saléfoués. While this cane was not in the presentation, it was probably part of this legendary treasure. Stylistically it is indeed very close to several male sculptures.
The finesse of its headdress braided into buns, the delicateness of its «fine, smooth face treated in an almost realistic manner», the elegant roundness of its chiselled eyes, its fine nose with flared nostrils, the lovely pout of its thin mouth, and the incredible asymmetry of its grooved beard appear to confirm this idea. Likewise, the presentation of the body – a strong neck decorated with multiple scarifications, arms held straight along the torso, the care given to anatomical details, separated thumbs, rounded buttocks, small, slightly bent legs, large feet standing on a highly elaborated geometrical base – is aesthetically very close to the statues in the Treasure of the Saléfoués.
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