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Statuette Baoulé (N° 17396)
Statue Waka -Sona, 'being of wood' in baoulé, representing a slender young woman, wearing braided hair and then picked up in two parallel shells. It is probably a figure belonging to the category Blolo bia . . The dark brown patina is glossy, thinned by the abrasion on the reliefs. Long crack.
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Two types of statues Waka-Sona are indeed produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke a assid oussou, being from the earth, and are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the Komian soothsayers, 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 female, the blolo bia .
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 cults and masks they borrowed. The basic unit is lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious.
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