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Baoule head (N° 21974)

The various checkerboard patterns relating to traditional scarifications, the hairstyle on which the braids are finely engraved, canons of Baoulé beauty, form a recurrence in Baule sculpture. This head with these characteristics is a remnant of a waka sona statue.
Brown satin patina. Desication cracks and abrasions.
About sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and masks carved. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé , within the ritual framework: 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 "husbands" of the beyond, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia, which are similar to a quest fullness through the search for homage to its idealized sexual opposite.  

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Originex-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm26
Width12 cm
Weight0.97 Kg
Socle includedYes

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