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Couple of Baoule Waka sona Blolo bia (N° 18447)
Inverted doubles in the Baule African art sculptures.
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Couple figures depicted sitting in an unusual attitude for man. The tegumentary ornaments, numerous scarifications in checkerboards and a neat headdress, bear witness to the concept of beauty of the Baoulé. Grainy speckled patina. Light cracks.
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 ritual cults and sculpted masks they borrowed. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, in the ritual setting: The statues Waka-Sona, being of wood in baoulé, evoke a assed 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 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 blolo bia, which are akin to a quest for fullness by seeking homage to his idealized sexual opposite.
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