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Baoule rider figure (N° 18541)
Vivid speckled laying for this baoulé sculpture depicting a naked figure, straddling his raw mount.
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Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, in the ritual setting: The statues Waka-Sona, 'being wooden' in baoulé, evoke a siled Oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the 'spouses of the afterlife, male, Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia, which are akin to a quest for fullness by seeking homage to his idealized sexual opposite. About 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, the savannah people, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro, whose ritual cults and sculpted masks they borrowed.
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