Male Figure (Waka Sran)
This figure most likely embodies a "spirit spouse"—the husband or wife every person is said to have had before birth. Through dreams, misfortune, and other signs, a person may learn that his or her spirit spouse feels neglected or jealous. One way to appease the spirit is to commission a carved figure of it and carefully nurture it with food offering and perhaps bathe and rub it with oil.
- Culture: Baule
- Medium: Wood
- Place Made: Lacs, N’zi Comoe, or Valle du Bandama Region, Ivory Coast
- Dates: early 20th century
- Dimensions: 11 x 3 9/16 x 4 1/4 in. (27.9 x 9 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 61.3
- Credit Line: Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Baule. Male Figure (Waka Sran), early 20th century. Wood, 11 x 3 9/16 x 4 1/4 in. (27.9 x 9 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 61.3. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Very finely carved. Has beard, scarification marks at corners of mouth, temples, forehead, around neck and on upper back; hairdress carefully detailed with knob at back. CONDITION: This piece is fragment: face is in fairly complete condition, but head, arms and lower torso are largely eaten away. Lower part of figure has been lost. Large check on left side of head.
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)