“Waka-sona” fetish Blolo Bla “wife of the hereafter” figurine - BAULE - Ivory Coast

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“Waka-sona” fetish Blolo Bla “wife of the hereafter” figurine - BAULE - Ivory Coast
2nd half of the 20th century

"Waka-sona" fetish Blolo Bla “wife of the hereafter” statuette - BAULE - Ivory Coast

23 cm.
Stand included in the sale.

"Waka-sona" (wooden being in Baule) represents a “blolo bla” (wife of the hereafter).
Light-weighted, painted wood.
These figurines evoke a spouse who lives in a parallel world and who manifests him/herself through jealousy by provoking impotence or infertility to the living partner. In order to please him/her, an effigy is carved and will become its shelter. From this, results a sculpture depicting the ideal of physical perfection, including the subtle inflexions of life: graceful curves, a shiny skin”.
Most of the Blolo bla have their hands placed on their belly, next to the navel, to enhance the importance of the transmission of life. Sometimes they wear loincloths.

Bibliography :
- Susan M. Vogel, L'art Baoulé du visible et de l'invisible, Editions Adam Biro, 1999

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