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Statue Baoule (N° 17640)

Ex-collection French African art.
This Waka-Sona African Statue, being of wood in baoulé, evokes a assed oussou, being from the earth. It is part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . The entire body and face are decorated with rectangular checkerboard patterns in reference to tribal scarifications, and parallel lines in relief depicting bracelets. The character holds a beard that was stiffened by shea oil anointings. These statues were kept on the altar olyo where sacrifices were made to the spirits. Irregular and grainy matte patina.
A sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the centre, the people of the savannah, practising hunting and agriculture like the Gouro.The basic unity is lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious.  

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OriginCollection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm45
Width14 cm
Weight1.00 Kg

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