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Baule harp with anthropomorphic handle (N° 21606)

The stringed instruments are declined in Africa under a wide variety: this specimen produced in Ivory Coast by the Baule is of a type with five strings, the resonance box is tended of an animal skin, and is prolonged of a sculpted female subject illustrating the statuary "Waka sona" and the sacred role the music.
This type of cordophone marked the ceremonies in connection with the various stages of life: birth, marriage, mourning, initiation rituals, etc... Orange satin patina. About sixty ethnic groups inhabit the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed the ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoule, Baulé, in the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "wooden being" in Baoule, evoke an Assi oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium by the Komien diviners, who are selected by the asye usu spirits to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues are the "spouses" of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia, which are similar to a quest for fulfillment by seeking homage to one's idealized sexual opposite.  

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OriginCollection française Jauregui
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, peau animale, plant fibre
Height46
Depth50
Width17
Weight0.85 Kg
Socle includedYes

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