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Slingshot Baule (N° 20718)

Anthropomorphic slingshot featuring a woman sitting on a chair. This sculpture is distinguished by its fine details. Smooth golden patina and satin finish.
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 from whom they borrowed their ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoule, Baulé, in the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "wooden being" in Baoule, evoke an Assi oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium by the Komien diviners, who are selected by the asye usu spirits 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, which are similar to a quest for fulfillment by seeking homage to one's idealized sexual opposite.  

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Originex-collection française.
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height20
Width6
Weight0.13 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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