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Baoulé statue (N° 21777)
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A brilliant black patina covers this sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire depicting a seated woman, breastfeeding her child. Native desiccation cracks and restorations.
About sixty ethnic groups inhabit Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and masks. sculpted.
Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé , within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona , "being of wood" statues in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the hereafter. The second type of statues are the "husbands" of the hereafter, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia , which are akin to a quest of fullness by seeking homage to his idealized sexual opposite.