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Baoule ritual drum (N° 18778)

The object consists of a board supporting a drum whose interior is hollowed out, framed by two pairs of statuettes carved in the round. Decorative geometric motifs adorn the whole. In the Baule belief, there is an invisible universe parallel to ours where every individual is married from birth to a mystical spouse. These characters have their hands in front of their abdomen to underline the importance of the transmission of life. The use of the drum is reserved for the diviner who communicates by this means with the mystical spouse in order to solicit his help or his clemency.

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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 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 the "spouses" of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia, which are similar to a quest for fulfillment by seeking homage to one's idealized sexual opposite.  

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OriginEx-collection J.P.L. Belge
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, peau
Height65
Depth60
Width30
Weight10.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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