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Statuette Baoule Waka sona (N° 18600)
Inverted doubles in the Baule African art sculptures.
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Traitment of great finesse for this sculpture depicting a seated woman, an offering cup on the knees. It is embellished with very fine necklaces of colorful pearls. Beautiful satin black patina. Residuals of matified ritual anointings. Part cracked by time.
A sixty 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 ritual cults and sculpted masks they borrowed. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, in the ritual setting: The statues Waka-Sona, being of wood in baoulé, evoke a assed oussou, being from the earth. They are 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, which are akin to a quest for fullness by seeking homage to his idealized sexual opposite.
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