Zana (Zanafagua) Coulibaly lived in Natal, next to Djemtene, but he carved in Kanoroba. He learned from his father, who also was a Koulé.
His two female Tugubele statues show a style, which is known from statues, that were carved before 1900 in Mali. It could not be clarified, if Zana´s ancestors moved from Mali to Ivory Coast.
It was very difficult to do interviews with him. Questions about his sculpture and style were poorly answered. Asking him, if he distinguished a young from a matured women in sculpture, or why he carves the hips in half circles and the meaning of the round shaped ears, did got answered "the spirits let me do that". Also he could not date the time of creation.
Zanafagua died in the age of 79 in October 2019 in Natal.
Left: Female Tugubele, carved by Koulé Zana Coulibaly, Kanoroba.
36,5 x 10,0 x 8,5cm, wood.
- Wenn Neuordnung Ordnung schafft, Markus Ehrhard page 154 - 157.
Right: Female Tugubele, carved by Koulé Zana Coulibaly, Kanoroba.
35,0 x 9,5 x 7,5cm, wood.
- Wenn Urform Form bestimmt, Markus Ehrhard page 112 - 113.
Welcome to the first archive documentating the artwork of 26 named Senufo carvers from 1900 till today. We present antique and recent sculptures of so-called masters and not that famous carvers.
All our images have copyright markings. Feel free to download our content and images. In case you publish or share our content or an image on other platforms, like Facebook or Pinterest, please name the source and link to this website. All images are highly detailed printed with more information in our books, available in this shop or at Ornito.