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Koulango statue (N° 21900)

A symbol of complementarity, these paired sculptures are reminiscent of Baoulé statuary. Established on powerful, stocky legs, the effigies are streaked with traditional marks associated with their rank.
The ringed neck and the crest hairstyle are Koulango beauty criteria. Weakly polychrome pigments enhance the patterns of the caps, contrasting with the brown patina.
Satin patina speckled with light pigments. Cracks and erosions on the heads.
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 soul of these spirits is supposed to reside.
 

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Originex-collection française
EthnyKoulango
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm52
Width11 cm
Weight2.60 Kg

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