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Koulango mask (N° 21944)

This African mask, a sculpted face surmounted by a tiara hairstyle, belongs to the Dô society within which the clan chiefs organize ritual sacrifices.
It is named Singinkuru-Ayna among the Ligbi who have preserved certain animist traditions within the Dô society, the latter possibly being a remanence of the Poro practiced among the Senoufo.
Glossy patina, polychrome highlights.
Very slight cracks.
Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in the Voltaic territory. The Dagomba chiefs of the kingdom of Bouna would then have referred to them as "Koulam" (singular: koulango, subject, vassal). Their complex history has spawned an equally complex culture. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the northeast of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. Of an animist fetishist religion, they address their ancestors and the spirits of nature through sculptures in which the souls of these spirits are supposed to reside.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyKoulango
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm40
Width20 cm
Weight1.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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