Otherworldly Spouse Figure Blolo Bian
Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast
22" x 4"
Inventory # 10318
The Blolo Bian represents a spouse 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 is 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 statuette is kept in a person's room, offered food, and rubbed on the owner's skin.