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Baule Statue (N° 22823)
French African art collection.
African female effigy of a "genius of nature", represented by this motherhood in a seated position. A headdress arranged in multiple shells, scarifications scattered on the body, bracelets, necklaces of fine pearls, and the vigor of calves adapted to agricultural work, are part of the features of Baoulé statuary. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke a seated oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues intended to be used as medium tools by Komian soothsayers, the latter being selected by asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the beyond, masculine, the Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia. 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 the cults and masks.
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