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Baule statue (N° 22429)

A communication tool with the spiritual world or blolo supposed to promote fertility, this sculpture offers the canons of Baoulé beauty, braided hairstyle collected in shells, scarified motifs in relief, round projecting calves.
Burgundy brown satin patina.
These figures received offerings and oily libations. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke a assié oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues intended to be used as medium tools by Komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from beyond. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia.
"The soul of Africa" S. Diakonoff  

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OriginCollection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, perles, textile
Height cm50
Width12 cm
Weight2.15 Kg

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