Otherworldly Spouse Figure Blolo Bla
Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast
20.5" x 3.5"
Inventory # 10316
The Blolo Bla 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 Bla 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.