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.
Traditionally a Baoulé woman would have a carving made of her "spirit lover", an idealized vision of her future husband, who would have attributes such as strength and athleticism. After the colonial period, desired attributes changed along with society, so these carving would be depicted as businessmen or professions depicting wealth, prosperity, intelligence and/or caring