c. 1950s or earlier - good condition
A Senufo TUGUBELE figure with an excellent patina. Great abstraction of the carving. Mounted on a professional acrylic base which is included with this lot..
origin: Senufo people, Korhogo, Northern Côte d'Ivoire
material / process: wood
height: 22 cm
Provenance: ex Austrian gallery collection. Field-collected in 1988 (as an antique item)
condition: erosion on the base, otherwise very good; - exactly as seen on illustrations
This is an authentic, tribally used artifact with life-long guarantee on age and authenticity.
"TUGUBELE" are beings of a dwarfish form, worshiped by rivers and trees. These figures are used by fortune-tellers who are members of the SANDO`O Society, with great effectiveness attributed to them. The "TUGEBELE" are considered friends of humans and animals and can mediate between them.
Afrikanskt, catalog d.Malmö Konsthall, p.37.
M.Kecskési, Art from Ancient Africa, Collection VKM Munich, p.36f
Till Förster, The Art of Senufo, p.79-91
E.Leutzinger, African Sculptures, Catalog Museum Rietberg, 1978, p.75
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