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Baoulé Blolo bian Figure (N° 13801)
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Tool of communication with the spiritual world or blolo , this male figure, almost androgynous, represents the idealized spouse. She was subject to sacrificial offerings and libations. The greyed film skate is chipped. Desication cracks behind one ear. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: The statues Waka-Sona, " be of wood " in baoulé, evoke a asssousou, be of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers the Komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues, made according to the soothsayer's instructions, are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or feminine, the bia blolo. Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed the cults and masks. The basic unit is lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious. " Source" S.Diakonoff
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