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Kulongo Figural Guitar Cote d'Ivoire African Art

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Title Kulongo Figural Guitar Cote d'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Musical Instrument
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Kulongo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Height (in) 30
Width (in) 5
Dimensions Height: 30 Inches
Width: 5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information: Kulango people live in central Ivory Coast near Bonduku and the Bron-Ahafo region of Ghana. The Kulango today live in an area of transitions between the Sudanic cultures of Mali and the Akan cultures of Ghana and Ivory. They came to this area from the north and as a result of contact primarily with the Asante gradually through time picked up local cultural traits so that they can to have been Akanized. Kulango sculpture shares influences from neighbors to the east of them the Senufo and the Baule from the coastal area.