BAULE DOOR (DETAIL) - IVORY COAST
Origin: IVORY COAST
Materials: Wood
Description:

Wooden doors with elaborate relief carving would adorn the entrances to pblic and private spaces in the Baule culture. The carver would use the rectangular wooden surface as a canvas to depict decorative and allegorical compositions with human, animal and vegetal motifs. Compositions such as the one seen here, of a large fish swallowing a smaller fish, might allude to the social structure, as suggested by Baule art specialist Susan Vogel. 

Description:

Wooden doors with elaborate relief carving would adorn the entrances to pblic and private spaces in the Baule culture. The carver would use the rectangular wooden surface as a canvas to depict decorative and allegorical compositions with human, animal and vegetal motifs. Compositions such as the one seen here, of a large fish swallowing a smaller fish, might allude to the social structure, as suggested by Baule art specialist Susan Vogel. 

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