These colourful individual hand carved wooden “Colonial figures” or colon figures originate in west Africa in the Ivory Coast during the colonial period. “Colon” is the French noun for a colonist. The figures convey European colonial... representing an unusual mix of African and European cultures. Since the end of the last century, anecdotal figures depicting Baule people as colonialists wearing European cloth have been carved for the tourists. The men either wear pith helmets or Fez hats.
Wooden colonial figures are handcarved and handpainted by the Baule Tribe of Ivory Coast. Colonial figures represent the infuence of the European settlers to the former French Colony of West Africa. The bright colors imitate the different outfits worn by the settlers. These unique carvings depict every day professions. Wooden colonial figure are carved with small chips and scrapes to give the wooden colonial figure that aged feel.