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Baule statue (N° 23221)
The "inverted doubles" in the African art sculptures of Baule
Many details crafted with meticulous care magnify this sculpture of a woman frozen in a traditional posture, the brilliance of the pearls cutting through the dark skin, the hands symbolically placed around the umbilical region. Black satin patina. Very minimal 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 of plenitude through the homage to the idealized sexual opposite.
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|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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