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Waka sona Baoule statue (N° 21555)

This "Waka-Sona" sculpture, "being of wood" in Baule, coated with a mottled brown ochre patina, was generally inspired by the indications of the diviner. The visible joints, the oversized face, the hairstyle and the beard that were carved with shea butter, characterize this male figure.

Velvety patina, very slight desiccation cracks.
Two types of Waka-Sona statues are produced by the Baoule in the ritual context: those that evoke an assiè oussou, a being of the earth, and which are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium by the komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the Blolo bia. About sixty ethnic groups inhabit 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. The basic unit is the lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight2.10 Kg

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