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Baule settler statue (N° 18980)
Western influences in African Baoulé art .
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Commonly called "colon" but sometimes embodying a type of "ideal spouse" according to individual criteria, this male figure distinguished by its polychromy is represented dressed in colonial costume.
African Art Western Eyes, Baule", Vogel, p.253 to 257)
Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in ritual settings:
The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in baoulé, evoke a "being of the earth". They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate the revelations of the beyond. The second type of statues, realized according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the beyond, masculine, the blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia. This type of "companion" were abandoned or given up after the death of their baoulé owner, logically no longer having a role to play.
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