Hand-carved | 11.75 inches height | polychrome colors on wood | Figure with signature hands on hips wearing brimmed French colonial hat, collared shirt & jacket with patterned tie, slacks, pointed shoes, and belt.
Ivory Coasts’ Colon statues are from West Africa's Colonial era. They vary in height, from less than 12 inches up to 10 feet tall. They are almost uniformly lanky and lean.
Most of the statues were made by the Baule tribe of Ivory Coast, a former French colony, and are an enduring reflection of the complex relationships between the colonized and the colonizers. Some say the rather lighthearted colon figures represent “the linkages between and perceptions of the colonizer and the colonized.”