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    Kulango (Côte d'Ivoire)
    Standing Female Figure
    Wood, pigment, beads
    Height: 13 ½ inches Width: 2 ¼ inches Depth: 2 1/8 inches

    The basis for attribution of figures in this style to the Kulango is elusive. The nearest approximation to information, commenting on the two figures in the Katherine White collection at the Seattle Art Museum, states: "It is likely that notions of luminosity and goodness ... cluster about two standing figures attributed to the Kulango ... but carved in an Akanizing manner. The Kulango ... are prolific carvers. Kulango sometimes export statuary south to the Akan, hence the Baoule-like flavor to the smooth, segmented emphasis of calves and thighs" (Robert Farris Thompson. African Art in Motion . Icon and Art in the Collection of Katherine Coryton White. Los Angeles, Berkeley, London: University of California Press 1974, p.49). Thompson adds the following from the White archive: "Georges Rodrigues collected the pain in 1967 at Wenchi in the territory of the Brong" (loc.cit.). There is a small loss at the upper edge of the headdress; otherwise the condition is very good.

    Provenance: A West Coast collector
    A. Martin-Blasselle, Nice
    Ferrari de la Salle, Nice

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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