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Colon figure Baoule Blolo bla (N° 16880)
By times named "colon", this statuette forms the embodiment of a spiritual husband, sculpted according to the soothsayer's instructions. In " African art, Western eyes" Susan Vogel reports that a figure of this type (p.255), an idealized spouse, is depicted dressed in a city dress because the husband is supposed to have a job in the city. The earthly spouse, through the worship of this spiritual double, expects to have invariably his resources, his favors and his protection. Abraded polychromy. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual setting: the statues Waka-Sona , " being of wood " in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komiefoué, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu ("genies of the earth") in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia . About 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the centre, Akans from Ghana, the savannah people, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro, whose cults and masks they borrowed.
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