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Koulango female figure (N° 21587)

Slender morphology for this sculpture of a woman, illustrating the statuary of the Bondoukou region. The slender neck, here gracefully curved, the traditional scarification marks and the shell hairstyle are criteria of Koulango beauty. Light and polychrome pigments highlight certain details, contrasting with the black patina.
Named Pakhalla by the Dioula, the Koulango formed the Loron in Voltaic territory. The Dagomba chiefs of the Bouna kingdom would later have referred to them as "Koulam" (singular: koulango , subject, vassal). Their complex history has given rise to a no less complex culture. It is between Burkina Faso and Comoé, in the north east of Côte d'Ivoire, that their territory extends. With an animist fetish 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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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyKoulango
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height95
Width10
Weight1.86 Kg

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