Waka Sran (female figure)

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Reliquary figures are placed above bark baskets or boxes that contain relics, or spiritual remains. Figures can be kept within the home; as embellishments to ceremonial staffs; or placed on shrines commemorating ancestors.

20th Century
Baule-Akan people, Côte d'Ivoire, Africa
carved wood
Research in the Global Museum’s archives show that most of the Africa collection comes from West Africa, yet the variety of objects here originated from almost every region in the continent, characterizing the itinerant movements people have between their neighboring communities. Materials and designs reflect their particular source communities and show evidence of cultural exchange and trade routes. On a deeper level, ceremony intermingles with daily life. There is balance between the living and the dead, where deceased loved ones or powerful spirits are embodied with human and/or animal characteristics to protect, soothe, or guide the living.
27.25 in
5.25 in
4.75 in
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