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Colon Baule (N° 21851)
Western influences in African art Baoulé .
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Commonly called "colon" but sometimes embodying however a type of "ideal spouse" according to individual criteria, this male figure, coated with a polychrome patina softened, is represented in Western dress (African Art Western Eyes, Baule", Vogel, p.253 to 257).
Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual context:
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, made 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" was abandoned or ceded after the death of its baoulé owner, logically having no more role to play.
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