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Baoule statue (N° 22447) Deposit sale

Statue of ancestor of African art Baoulé, this Waka-Sona, Waka sran, " being of wood" in Baoulé, embodies a seated Oussou , being of the earth, genius of nature. It is part of a type of statue intended to be used as a medium tool by komien diviners, or "komienfoué", the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife or blolo. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the blolo bian or female, the blolo bia.
In order to give them strength, the braided beards of Baoulé men were coated with shea butter. . Black satin patina. Erosions.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm40
Width9 cm
Weight0.85 Kg

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