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Figure of rider Baule Waka sona (N° 21627)
This African sculpture figurative male adopts some of the canons of the Baule statues, and the famous "Baule settlers" with a helmeted figure simultaneously displaying the traditional scarified signs. Perched on an animal of modest proportions, mixing elements of horse and leopard, he has an egg, indicating a ritual sacrifice.
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Grainy polychrome patina.
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 the 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 statues are the "spouses" of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia, quest for wholeness through homage to the idealized sexual opposite.