Ivory Coast mother & child
Detail: Wood carved mother and child:
Ivory Coast mother & child. A village was being attacked by a much stronger village. Everyone in the village ran away. They reached a very wide river that they could not cross over. A woman prayed to the river god to save them. The river god answered by asking her to sacrifice her firstborn child by throwing the baby into the river. She was distraught, but decided for the sake of the village to give up her child. She was about to throw the baby in when the river god called to her and said: ‘Stop, I have seen your faith, keep the child’. The river opened wide and the villagers walked across the river to the other side. The river closed up again and everyone was delivered.
Ivory Coast art:
The Baoulé, the Senoufo and the Dan peoples are skilled at carving wood and each culture produces wooden masks in wide variety. The Ivorian people use masks to represent animals in caricature to depict deities, or to represent the souls of the departed.