Ponzié Coulibaly

It is the achievement for a carver, that there is a close similarity of the man and the women when he carves a Tugubele couple. On first view, it should be obvious, that these two statues of a spirit belong together. Ponzié Coulibaly from Pitangomo was a Fono and not the best carver, but his style elements are remarkable to see the togetherness.

In a comparisson with a Tugubele couple of Sabariko Koné, it is very obvious, that Ponzié was influenced by the work of Sabariko.

Karl-Heinz Krieg found this Tugubele couple 1988 in Pitangomo.


Tugubele couple, carved by  Melié Coulibaly , Fono from Pitangomo.

Man: 21,0 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm, wood. Woman: 19,5 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm, wood.



- Wenn Brauch Gebrauch beeinflusst, Markus Ehrhard, pages 80 - 81.

- Wenn Urform Form bestimmt, Markus Ehrhard, pages 38 - 39


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Tugubele couple by Ponzié Coulibaly, Pitangomo