Don't wait. There's only 1 of each size available. Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood - Made out of one piece of wood Dimensions (in): Small: 12" x 12" x 60", Large: 10" x 10" x 62" Dimensions (cm): Small: 30 x 30 x 152, Large: 25 x 25 x 157 Size Guide Region: Ivory Coast, West Africa Tribe: Baule Tribe Approximate Age: 61 years (1960) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: S011 Collection: Wood Sculptures Tear Sheet: "Colonial People" Provenance Report: "Colonial People" Item Number: S012 Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided
Colonial or “colon” figures originated in West Africa in the Ivory Coast during the colonial period. “Colon” is the French noun for a colonist. The figures convey European colonial officials such as civil servants, doctors, soldiers or technicians or “Westernized” middle-class Africans. They bear elements of European design such as clothing, posture, and various accouterments. These statues were not originally conceived for market, but rather for indigenous use. Some describe it as Transitional Art.
Colonial figures achieved worldwide acclaim after World War II after decolonization. It has been argued that the genre originated as an African response to colonization and the repression at the hands of the colonial state. It is debated whether the statues were originally seen as satirical caricatures of colonial officials or simply depictions of new subjects in local styles. Whether the original statues were intended to be purely ornamental or also served a ritual function is also debated by anthropologists.
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