Apanage de la wunkirle – femme la plus hospitalière d'un village ou d'un quartier – la cuiller cérémonielle wa ke mia symbolise sa générosité et ses talents (Fischer et Himmelheber in Dapper, Cuillers-Sculptures, 1991, p. 73-88). Lors de la "fête du mérite", les élues de chaque quartier dansent en présentant leur cuiller remplie de riz et de pièces de monnaie, rivalisant dans l'expression de la générosité.
A mark of dignity rather than a genuine utensil, the human-headed spoon of the Marceau Rivière collection exalts the canons of beauty in Dan country, emphasized by the deep patina that reveals its great archaism. Its face embodies the feminine ideal in this region straddling the border between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia: a fine nose, parted lips with visible teeth, half-closed eyes and finally a delicate braided coiffure. The sculptural beauty of this idealized woman reflects the remarkable talent of a sculptor who, whilst respecting the traditional canons, was able to assert his own artistic vision in his work and achieved, with this piece, the epitome of its refinement.
A preserve of the wunkirle - the most hospitable woman in a village or neighbourhood - the ceremonial wa ke mia spoon is a symbol of her generosity and her talents (Fischer and Himmelheber in Dapper, Cuillers-Sculptures, 1991, p.73-88). During the "celebration of merit", the chosen women from each neighbourhood dance and present their spoons filled with rice and coins, as they compete in their expression of generosity.
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