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Baule Statue (N° 24745)

Old statue depicting a female subject with slender shapes, a vase crowning the head with fine features. The slender arms, arched around the narrow bust, extend into fingered hands framing the subtle bulge of the abdomen. Between the reduced breasts runs an adornment of cowries symbolizing fertility. Residues encrusted with kaolin libations. Desication erosions and cracks.
About sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in baoulé, evoke a seated oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues intended to be used as medium tools by Komian soothsayers, the latter being selected by asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the afterlife. The second type of statues are the "husbands" of the beyond, masculine, the Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia, a quest for plenitude through homage to the idealized sexual opposite.  


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OriginEx. collection belge Mercier
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm125
Width22 cm
Weight4.50 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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