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Kulango Female Long Neck Ivory Coast African Art 53 Inch

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Title Kulango Female Long Neck Ivory Coast African Art 53 Inch
Type of Object Carving, sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Lagoon Region
People Kulango
Materials Wood, pigment, cotton cloth
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 53 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks and chips and general wear

Additional information: A standing female figure attributed to the Kulango people.   She has a long curved neck with geometric patterns on her throat.  Her body is elongated, as is her head, typical of Kulango carvers.   Elaborate sarification patterns are of Kulango style with white and orange pigments.  She is decorated with a simple cotton loincloth.

The Kulango are a poorly documented culture and the use and function of such figures are unclear.  The Kulango today live in an area of transition between Mali and the Akan cultures of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. They came to this area from the north and as a result of contact primarily with the Asante, gradually through time picking up local cultural traits so that they can be considered to have been "Akanized." Kulango sculpture shares influences from their neighbors to the east--the Senufo--and the Baule from the coastal area.

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For similar examples, and more information, see ART OF AFRICA by Kerchache et al.