A Dan Wakemia spoon with a head on top and scarificatin on the back, a neckace scarification, and fine hair dress.
H= 43 cm 50 cm metal stand included.
Provenance: Gaethan Schoonbroodt, Verviers.
Black shiny patine telephone. Remains of use inside the spoon.
Aside from their masks, the Dan are known for their beautifully carved figurative wooden spoons, known as Wakemia or Wunkirmian, which literally means "ceremonial spoon".
Such a large ceremonial spoon, in addition to being a precious commodity, was also the symbol of the status of the Wunkirle or Wakede, the most hospitable woman in every district of the city.
But the honor of this title was accompanied by many obligations and responsibilities.
Wakemia was mainly used as a dance stick for ceremonies. During the holidays, each Wakede brandished its spoon across the city while dancing, accompanied by other women from their neighborhood who played on split gongs or pots filled with boiled rice and soup.
The Wakede used his spoon to divide the food among the guests. During these festivities, the different Wunkirles of the village competed to elect the most generous of them.
This performance by all the Wakede was a spectacular gathering and a true celebration of the importance of the role of women in society.
The sculptors created a wide variety of Wunkirmians, differentiated by the uniqueness of each of their handles. Usually, the spoons end in a human head stylistically typical of the Dan. In all the examples, the spoon itself represent a belly, born with rice, the food offered by the Wakede during the festivals.
The spoon is empowered by Gle ( the spirit force )
Docs: Les Maîtres de la sculpture de la Côte d´Ivoire (Paris, 2015, pp. 128-138).