Baule Janus Pair of Otherworldly Spouses
Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast
Wood

20" x 5"
Inventory # 10338

The Blolo Bian and Blolo Bla represent spouses from the spirit world. The Baule believe that every person has such a spouse, which manifests itself through a series of dreams, usually of sexual nature. Blolo Bian and Blolo Bla are believed to be responsible for practical and spiritual problems that arise in an individual's life. Carved under the direction of a village diviner, the statuettes are kept in a person's room, offered food, and rubbed on the owner's skin. 

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