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About sixty ethnic groups live in Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baule, in the centre, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practising hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro whose cults and masks they have borrowed.


Waka sona Baule statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Baoule statue

Standing confidently on a circular base, hands placed around the umbilicus, the male figure offers integumentary ornamentation indicating the Baule concept of beauty, a constant in traditional African art.
Smooth two-tone patina
Cracks of desiccation.
About sixty ethnic groups populate 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 ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien diviners, ...


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Slingshot Baule
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Baoule Sling

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 ...


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Baulé / Yaoure Mask
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Smeared with a locally scaled granular patina, this ndoma mask sculpted in dense wood stands out thanks to its high braided hairstyle arranged in shells and its collar adorned with polychrome diamonds. These portrait masks of the Baoulé, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting itself at the end of the ceremonies of entertainment dances. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications, etc. Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young girls or men whose valour or integrity qualities are reputed. The new generations are gradually ...


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Baule Ndoma Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baoulé Mask

This African Baoulé mask, carved in dense wood, named portrait mask or Ndoma, appears during visits by dignitaries. It has a braided hairstyle shared in shells. The serene face, with its modestly lowered eyelids, is enhanced by scarifications called " ngole". Glossy black patina. The Baoulé people (a name from a legend, "Bauli", ", son is dead, 9-0022) forms one of the largest tribes in Côte d'Ivoire. These portraits of the Baoulé, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the entertainment dance ceremonies. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. When the subject of a portrait mask dies, the mask is no longer ...


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Colon figure Baoule Blolo bla
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Colon

By times named "colon", this statuette forms the embodiment of a spiritual husband, sculpted according to the soothsayer's instructions. In " African art, Western eyes" Susan Vogel reports that a figure of this type (p.255), an idealized spouse, is depicted dressed in a city dress because the husband is supposed to have a job in the city. The earthly spouse, through the worship of this spiritual double, expects to have invariably his resources, his favors and his protection. Abraded polychromy. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual setting: the statues Waka-Sona , " being of wood " in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komiefoué, the latter being selected by ...


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Large Baule mask with female figure
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baoule mask

This distinctive face of the Baule African masks known as portrait masks, here a "senior" mask named Kpan topped by a statuette, shows the ngole signs of the ethnic scarifications, eyelids highlighted with kaolin, rounded lips. The careful arrangement of braids forms round shells.  Carved in dense wood, this piece of tribal art has a dark glossy patina. These portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. These are named, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc....  Each of these masks are distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc...and appear in a ...


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Kplé Kplé Baule mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baoule mask

Coll. African art French.
. This circular African mask, known as a "junior," features a stylized face in which the mouth is chiseled with a set of teeth, in reference to the traditional filing of teeth among the young. Animal ears, in reduction, are carved on the hooped horns, associated with an attitude of alertness to danger. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (Masques africains Barbier-Mueller, p.116), is red. Vogel (Baule), on the other hand, indicates that in the Baule version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the female mask black. It is likely that this attribution varies from village to village. Usually preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " Goli" family, this circular mask with rounded horns reminiscent of antelope, ...


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Baule/Yaure mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baoulé mask

This Goli mask presents a face with fine features topped by horns and a sculpted comb, whose seven teeth rise upwards. This African mask is painted a bright red, with the features and scarifications highlighted in black and white. This mask was part of the entertainment festivities and could therefore be seen by women.
These Baule portrait masks, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies.These are named, depending on the region, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc.... Each of these masks are distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba, they personify graceful young ...


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Goli s Kplé Kplé Mask
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This circular African mask, says Junior, has a crenellated border, with hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding conical pupils, it has a rectangular mouth in which was chiseled a teeth, in reference to the traditional image of teeth among young people. Reduced animal ears are shown on the rounded horns. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is said to be red. Vogel Baule) however indicates that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine in black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Metal inlays.
Dedicating the manifestation of a series of family masks Goli, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, is considered in some cases as a male mask, ...


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Statue Baule Asia usu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ancestor Baoulé

The Akan cults in African art
This figure "Waka -Sona", ", wood being in baoulé", is patinated by oil anointings. Many scarifications run through the anatomy of the effigy. Both hands rest in the umbilical region. This gesture of life evokes the link with the progeny, the protection of the ancestor. Dense wood, satin surface. Two types of Waka-Sona statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke an assiè oussou, being of the earth, and which 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 asye usu spirits in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, blolo bian or feminine, the bia blolo . Some 60 ...


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Baoulé statue Asia usu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Baoulé

The right hand resting on the abdomen, when the left gently caresses the beard of this Asia Usu statue with a crusty patina. Many scarification visible on the back, face and neck. This work evokes the being of the earth (Asié Usu) and is part of a set of statues intended to be used in a medium-sized setting by the Komian soothsayers selected by the asye Usu spirits in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife.
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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Baule Waka sona statue
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Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
The "reversed doubles" in the sculptures of African art of Baule. Statuette testifying to the mastery and sensitivity of its sculptor, thanks to the many careful details and the delicate accentuation of the modeling.
Beautiful dark patina, underlying gilded wood. Cracks.
About sixty ethnic groups populate 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 ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to ...


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Maternity figure Asye usu Baule
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African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Baule statue

Ex-collection of French African tribal art.
For the Baoule, seeing a woman's genitals can be fatal for a man. The depiction of a female figure, naked, unclothed by a loincloth of cloth, forms a threat. She is probably the embodiment of a female goddess. Represented seated, featuring a child, the woman wears traditional keloid scars, glass beaded necklaces and a hairstyle whose chiseled braids on the wood form large shells. Brilliant dark brown patina. Lack of base.

Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, be wooden in baoulé, evoke a silish oussou, being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu ...

Baule Kplé kplé mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Goli Mask

This flat, circular African mask, the least important in the hierarchy of African Masks of the Goli, equipped with hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding pupils, offers a rectangular mouth in which a teeth is chiseled, in relation to the traditional image of teeth among young people. It is topped with arched horns. The female mask kouassi gbe or kplekple , according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine in black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Usually preceding the manifestation of a series of family masks. Goli, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, appears briefly during the day and ...


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Box of oracles Gbékré sé Baoulé
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Baule box

African divinatory art.
Destined for a practice still in use today in the Baule region of the southwest, the object consists of a meditating tutelary figure, visibly in meditation, leaning against a circular receptacle with a floor. A mouse, considered to be the messenger of the deities of the earth, lived in the lower compartment of the object and the successive arrangement of the elements it moved was read as an answer to the question put to the diviner. The piece is also equipped with a carrying strap. A metal plate, partially torn, lines the bottom of the box. Shaded brown grainy patina, partially abraded.

Ref: Mathilde Buratti , "Boxes used for divination by mice".

During the 18th century, united under a single banner, this Akan people was, according to ...

Baoulé/Yohouré Moon Mask
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baule Mask

Appearing today during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask incorporates the set of masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and " warm-up " the scene before the appearance of larger masks. This circular mask with a chiseled border offers a face with mats in three lobes that can be seen on many baoulé and yohouré masks. The high forehead, the seat of intelligence and wisdom, has a median scarification in relief. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression.
Light is missing on the lower inner contour. The particularly smooth and sainy surface reflects a range of warm browns.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, has a wide ...


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Baule/Yaure Ndoma mask
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This Baule African mask haloed by a fine decorative border, called a portrait mask or Ndoma, presents a placid physiognomy, with half-closed eyelids, raised by the scarifications named "ngole".
Dark brown glossy surface. These Baule portrait masks, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies.These are named, according to the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc.... Each of these masks differ in hairstyles, placement and choice of scarification. They perform during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of personalities, staging various satirical scenarios. The Gbagba of the Baule ...


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Statue Baule Waka Sona
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Baoulé

The statuary of African art of the Baule
Altade and meditative physiognomy, concentrated, for this figure embodying a Baule leader imbued with serene assurance. The concept of beauty of the Baoulé, thanks to the numerous checkerboard motifs representing the scarifications, and the elaborate headdress on which the braids are finely engraved, asserts itself here again. The modeling of the lower limbs, illustrating vigour, forms an aesthetic constant among the baoulé cannons.
Black brown satin patina, residual kaolin inlays. Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by ...


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Yohoure, Yaure Anoman mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Yohure mask

Perched on a hairstyle extended with arched braids, a bird figure holding a comb in its beak. This example named Anoman , Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of seven masks I that originally danced around the deceased and bent down until it touched him in a purifying purpose.
African art in Côte d'Ivoire.
The Yaoure are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baule and the Gouros, the art of the Yaoure has been influenced by these ethnic groups. The masks of African art Yaoure, or Yauré, are divided into two groups difficult to differentiate, the je, sometimes with the addition of colored pigments, and the lo, generally with a dark patina, which were originally used during funeral ceremonies or any other rite to gain ...


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Kplé kplé du Goli Baule mask
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This circular African mask, known as "junior", has hollowed out eyes topped by protruding pupils, and a rectangular mouth with chiseled teeth, in reference to the traditional filing of teeth in young people. Reduced animal ears are represented on the rounded horns, evoking an attitude of alertness in the face of danger. According to some authors, the female kplekple mask (Masques africains Barbier-Mueller, p.116) is red. Vogel (Baule) indicates on the other hand that in the Baule version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the female in black. It is likely that this attribution varies from village to village. Usually preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " Goli" family, this circular mask with rounded horns reminiscent of antelope, is considered in some ...

Baule Ndoma mask
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This distinctive face of Baule African masks, known as portrait masks, features the ngole ethnic Baule scarifications.
These idealized portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma ( or "double", "copy") that celebrate a character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. These are named, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc....  The dancer's clothes could also be those of the person evoked, with the latter dancing alongside him or her. Each of these masks differ in hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young girls or men whose valor or qualities of integrity are renowned.  The new generations are gradually replacing these dances Mblo called Gbagba in ...


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