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Kulango Figure Cote D'Ivoire 22 Inch African Art

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Title Kulango Figure Cote D'Ivoire 22 Inch African Art
Type of Object Carving, sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Kulango, sometime identified as Baule
Materials Wood, pigment, beads
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 22.5 inches H.
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 in many places including in head, face, body, legs and base, chips in hairstyle, eyebrows, eyes and nose, right foot cracked and repaired with glue

Additional Information:

An classic and  well carved sculpture from the Kulango people of Ivory Coast, which art is usually confused with that of the Baule! 

This figure has special sculptural composition with its elongated fine face enhances by the elaborate coiffure and a stylized neck in relief to the back.The figure has knees in relief and  projected tendons. The patina is natural and is a result much handling. There are traces of white, dark, and blue pigments on the hairstyle and markings, There are cracks in small places (hairstyle, face ). Otherwise the piece is in good condition. Little is known about the use and function of this offered piece. Most likely, it could have been used as an ancestor figure, a positive spirit.

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.Through time Baule sculptural elements have become more dominant, for example the hairstyle presents some similarities with that of the Baule but the neck, the proportions and scarification patterns are typical of the Kulango.

For a close similar example  see Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections, Shiffer Book, 2004, fig. 141, pp. 106

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.