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Baule couple figures (N° 17122)
The "Asye usu" in the African tribal art sculptures of the Baule.
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Considered rarer than the standing representations, these sculptures of a couple with a slender body, seated, offer the classic integumentary ornaments, numerous checkered scarifications and neat headdresses, testifying to the concept of beauty of the Baoulé. During public divination ceremonies where the diviner staged them, these statues formed indispensable ritual supports.
About sixty ethnic groups inhabit Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and masks. carved.
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