Baule Vintage Female Spirit Mate Figure | 11"
This authentic vintage Baule figure from Ivory Coast is one of many unique figures of this genre: the Baule believe that every person has a spirit mate/spirit spouse living in a parallel world, the spirit world. That person exercises critical control over all aspects of one's life. When a person needs to solve any problem in his/her life, he has only to commission the carving of that spirit mate and communicate with it in person. This figure belonged to a man who used it exactly that way until he either died or he felt that this was no longer his one true mate and he got another one.
This authentic figure measures: 7 3/4" tall (20 cm)