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Couple statuesBaule Asié usu (N° 21644)
The "geniuses of nature" in African art
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In ritual settings, "asié oussou" sculptures embody beings of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. When it comes to the representation of a couple, despite their comparable characteristics to the Baule statues of mystical spouses "blolo bian" or "blolo bia", the Baule couple effigies still belong to the category of asiè usu or genies of nature .
Sitting on narrow stools of the akan type, these statues embody "spirits of nature" (asie usu)The morphologies and posture are elegant. The braided hairstyles are gathered in hulls, the bodies dotted with scarifications. Mottled patina.
About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro whose cults and masks they have borrowed. ( Baule, A.M. Boyer)
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