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Kulango Standing Female Ivory Coast Lagoon Region African Art

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Title Kulango Standing Female Ivory Coast Lagoon Region Africa
Type of Object Carving, sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire, Lagoon Region
People Kulango
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 11.5 inches tall x 3 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep
Overall Condition Fair. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair chipped pigment, indigenous repairs to base, some shallow cracks


Additional information: A standing female figure with a bowl attributed to the Kulango people.  She has a long curved neck and elongated body, typical of Kulango carvers.  Elaborate sarification patterns are of Kulango style and blue, white, and orange pigments add character to the carving.  


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.