African Tribal Art Baule Asie Usu Figure from Ivory Coast.
This female effigy evoke a Assié Oussou, “genius of nature” which is shown seated on an Akan-type seat, displaying an attitude of self-confidence.
The head dress is covered in multiple crimped shells, checkerboard scarifications are scattered over the body, the powerful calves are adapted to agricultural work and are among the features of the Baule statuary.
Residue bears witness to the oil anointings which were practised during ritual ceremonies giving a dark satin patina. This Baule Asie Usu figure has been approved as being authentic with significant signs of tribal use and age.
Two types of statues are produced by the Baule, in ritual settings: Waka-Sona statues, “wooden being” in Baule, evoke an Oussou, a being of the earth. They are part of a type of statue intended to be used as a medium by Komien diviners, selected by the Asye Usu spirits to communicate the revelations of the afterlife.
The second type of statue are the spouses of the afterlife, masculine, the Blolo Bian and feminine, the Blolo Bia . There are about sixty ethnic groups in the Ivory Cost, including the Baule, in the centre, Akans from Ghana, who come from the Savannah and practice hunting and farming and the Gouro from whom they borrowed their cults and masks.
Piece accompanied by its certificate of authenticity.
Provenance: Ex Italian private Collection
Estimated date: Circa 1950
Country: Ivory Coast
Height: 50 cm
Width: 20 cm
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