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Statue Waka Sona of Baule (N° 17320)
This figure Waka -Sona, 'being of wood' in baoulé, whose grey patina is unusual, has been treated in refined volumes, usually inspired by the indications of the soothsayer. The joins, which suggest a delicate frame, the oblong face, the tapered fingers, the subtle sagging of the chest, affirm the femininity of the character probably type Blolo bia whose long hands rest on the abdomen barely bulging, a gesture associated with parentage. The curve of the shoulders and the curves of the calves punctuate those of the buttocks are also noted on the back. Concentrated erosions at the top.
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High on a base: 43 cm.
Two types of Waka-Sona statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke an assiè oussou, being from the earth, and which are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the Komian devins, 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, the Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . About 60 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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|Origin||Collection française G.|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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