Asie Usu Bush Spirit - Wood - Baoulé - Ivory Coast

Asie Usu Bush Spirit - Wood - Baoulé - Ivory Coast
mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Baule diviners make use of these asie usu figures to form a link between the physical world and the spiritual. To understand the cause of problems or misfortunes faced by clients, the komien places an asie usu figure between himself and the client. Through incantations, the komien becomes possessed by the spirit residing in the figure, and this trance makes it clear to the diviner what the issues are, how they can be solved and what the future holds for his client.When not in use, pairs of asie usu figures are stored in the homes of komien diviners, on bo osu shrines, where sacrifices and offerings are made to the spirits.

This item comes with a signed and stamped certificate confirming its authenticity. All our lots are appraised and checked by Jos Humblet. Mr. Humblet (°1954, Brussels) graduated in 1978 as Master of Art at St. Lukas in Brussels. From 1978 until 1993 he worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he specialised in formal analysis of works of art. Mr. Humblet started collecting tribal art in 1980 and became a dealer in 1995, specialising in art from Kongo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

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Lot details
Asie Usu Bush Spirit
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
Mid 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
28×8×7 cm
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