The Kulango are related to the Baule and live along the Ghanaian border, as do the Fanti.
Their figures are rare and highly sought after.
The Bondoukou region is an artistic melting pot with a variety of ethnic groups living in close proximity.
Wooden figures such as this are
owned by diviners who are said
to be able to control the spirits
that inhabit the bush that
surrounds each village. The
spirits are made visible in the
sculpted forms which are placed
on shrines in the deepest recess
of the diviner's house. Sacrifices
are made to them, in order to
gain the protection of the spirits
for the diviner's clients.
Acquired by Ian Allen in the Bondoukou area of the Ivory Coast from the Kulango people.
31"H x 8.25"W x 11"D
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