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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.


Baule ram mask
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Zoomorphic African mask of the Baule, whose sculpted, twisted horns symbolize aggressiveness and destructive power. Sacrificial victim in view of offerings and metaphor of pugnacity, the Baule mask-ram is an allegory of strength.
This mask appeared in the company of human masks during various ceremonies, including funerals or nowadays during visits by distinguished guests. Two-tone patina with a slight satin finish.
According to Baule mythology, a royal ancestor had to sacrifice his son to cross a river. This event is the origin of the name of the Baoulé, Bauli, "the son died". They represent the major part of the population of Côte d'Ivoire. In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, ...


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Stirrup of loom Baule, Baoule
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Baule loom

Aesthetics of the everyday for the African art of Ivory Coast.
In the Ivory Coast, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of the sculptors. The technique of cotton weaving spread to West Africa thanks to the movements of the Dioulas. Before colonization, textiles made of cotton fiber, the latter described as "white gold", were also used as currency. Prestigious ornaments, the woven ceremonial loincloths, sometimes in large numbers, accompanied the chiefs to their graves, among the Kuba, but also among the Baule.
This is a pulley stirrup decorated with a carved figure "waka sona". The piece is surmounted by a statuette in the round, seated in ...


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

This statuette is represented frontally, in a confident posture, hands in the pockets. The oversized feet are joined. Abraded polychrome patina. Some 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, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of ...


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

Ex-collection of French African art.

This African Baule mask, a sculpture called a mask-portrait or Ndoma, has a large rounded crest. The placid physiognomy, with modestly lowered eyelids, is raised by scarification called " 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, which are called, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc.... Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarification. They are performed during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of ...


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Statue Baule Asia usu
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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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Figure of "colon" African Baule, Baoulé
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Baoule

Western influences in Baule African art
Commonly called "colonist" but sometimes embodying a type of "ideal spouse" according to individual criteria, this male figure is distinguished by its polychromy and is represented dressed in a colonial costume. Cracks on the base. Abrasions.
"African Art Western Eyes, Baule," Vogel, pp.253-257.
Two types of statues are produced by the Baule in a ritual context: Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, 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 diviners komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues, made according to the indications of the ...

Baoulé statue Asia usu
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 / Yaure Mask
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Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
The features and scarifications of this African mask painted in a bright red, are raised with black. The headdress is made of four braided shells. This mask was used for entertainment parties and could therefore be seen by women. Slight abrasions of the lacquer.
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, which are called, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc.... Each of these masks can be distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young ...


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Figure of monkey Amuin Baule, Baoulé
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Ex-collection of French African art.
This figure of a dog-headed monkey, frequently shown with an offering cup, is distinguished here by its wide, gaping mouth. There are several representations of the same type, with different names depending on how they are used. They were erroneously named Gbékré (mouse) because of "Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to the Mbra cult of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "force-beings" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baule by their Creator, just like the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaws they share. It is also said to be a minor deity called aboya associated with the Mbra cult, and sometimes a figure associated with the mbotumbo ("baboon") ...

Maternity figure Asye usu Baule
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 ...


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Large Baule mask with Asye usu figures
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Baoulé Mask

Ex-collection French African art.
.This distinctive face of the Baule African masks known as mask-portraits presents on the space formed by the forehead and the temples the signs ngole of the scarifications of the ethnic group. The careful arrangement of the braids forms round shells. At the top, figures Waka-Sona, "being of wood" in baoulé, evoking besieged oussou, geniuses of the earth, are enthroned. The mask, however, has many similarities with those of the neighboring Yaureans.
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. The latter are named, according to the regions, bedwo ...

Figure of monkey Gbékré Senoufo
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Monkey Senoufo

Ex-collection of French African art.
This cup-bearing simian statue stands out here thanks to its very fine morphology. There are several representations of the same type, with different names according to the use made of them. They were erroneously named Gbékré (mouse) because of "Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to the Mbra cult of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "force-beings" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baule and Senoufos by their Creator, just like the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaws they share. It is also said to be a minor deity called aboya associated with the Mbra cult, and sometimes a figure associated with the mbotumbo ("baboon") cult of annual agrarian ...


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

Ex-collection of French African art.

The African male figure Waka-Sona, " being of wood," in baoulé, çi-contre, evokes a besieged oussou, being of the earth. It is part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate the revelations of the beyond. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, masculine, the blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . The whole body and face are decorated with rectangular checkerboard patterns in reference to tribal scarification, and ringlets representing bracelets. The beard was stiffened by anointing with shea oil. These statues were kept on the altar bo osu where sacrifices were made to the spirits. Irregular and ...


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Statuette Baoulé, Baulé Blolo bia
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The "doubles inverted" in the African art sculptures of the Baule
A sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture while like the Gouro from which they borrowed ritual cults and carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé , in the ritual framework: The statues Waka-Sona , " be wood " in baoulé, evoke a asssou oussou , be of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien 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 ", the "of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia , ...

Baule Kpwan Mask of goli
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African mask of entertainment that can therefore be seen by women, it offers a hermaphroditic face delicately underlined by traditional scarification called "ngole". The influence of the yohouré can be read thanks to the crenellated border and the shape of the mouth. Granular patina black/gray-beige.
A series of masks form the family of masks " Goli ", circular masks with rounded horns evoking antelope, appearing briefly during the day and then in the evening to announce the arrival of their relatives in the features of goli glin or kpwan. It was during events such as epidemics or funerals that its manifestation occurred among the Wan and the Baule, in order to reconcile the favors of the "amwin" spirits, who were dispensers of prosperity, health and security. It appears ...


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

In a sitting position, straight back, this Baule female figure places the end of her digested hands on her knees. Her integumentary ornaments reveal the Baule's concept of beauty, which is constant in traditional African art, through the numerous checkerboard scarification and the neat headdress. Cracks of desiccation, speckled patina.
About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, 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 carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baule, in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke a besieged oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues ...


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Baule Mask, Baoule
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In the category of African masks associated with natural phenomena such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, this mask, here in a colorful version, still appears during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance. Its carrier is supposed to "reheating" scene before the appearance of larger masks. With a dented decorative frieze, it offers several faces with tightly interwoven features. Bright polychrome, smooth patina.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group based in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, features a wide range of masks renowned for the sophistication of their decoration. On the one hand these African masks transposing the main features of the face of a very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, "massques-portraits", which were exhibited at particularly ...


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Maternity Baule Blolo bia
African art > Maternity, statues, bronze, wood > Statue Baoule

Belgian tribal art collection.
The "inverted doubles" in the African art sculptures of Les Baule
A glossy brown-black patina magnifies this sculpture of Ivory Coast showing a seated woman nursing her child. Cracks of desiccation located on the base.
About sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, 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 carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baule, in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke a besieged oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being ...


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Large Mask Baoulé Kpan
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This distinctive face of African Masks Baoulé called portraits masks, here a mask 'senior' named Kpan , presents on the space formed by the forehead and temples the signs ngole of the scarifications of the ethnic group, the eyelids highlighted with kaolin, the lips rounded. The careful arrangement of the braids forms round shells. Carved from particularly dense wood, this piece of tribal art has a discreetly satiny brown patina. 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.  Each of these masks are ...


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Statue Baoulé Waka Sona
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The Akan cults in African art
This naturalistic sculpture forms an unusual representation of a "Waka -Sona", "being of wood in baoulé", with hands in the back enclosed by ties. Many checkerboard scarifications run through the captive's anatomy. A certain thinness, illustrated by the realism of raised ribs, constitutes an additional detail of his anatomy. This singular object was probably intended to benefit the reputation of its holder, the soothsayer. Light brown patina on which blackish film residues of ritual libation remain.
Two types of statues Waka- Sona , or "Waka-Sran" are produced by baoulé in the ritual setting: those that evoke a assiè oussou, be of the earth, and which are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komien, the ...


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Gbékré Baule mouse oracle box
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Divination box

Ex-collection of French African art.
Intended for a practice still in use in the southwest of the Baule region, the object consists of a tutelary mediating figure, visibly in meditation, resting on a circular receptacle. The lid is engraved, and a circular frieze decorates the lower part of the receptacle. A mouse, considered as a messenger of the deities of the earth asié , 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 asked to the diviner.
shaded brown patina.

Ref: Mathilde Buratti, "Boxes for mouse divination".
During the 18th century, united under a single banner, the Akan people were, according to legend, guided by Queen Aba Pokou to the gold mining region in ...


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