Senufo · 02. August 2018
Tugubele Senufo Sabariko Koné Senoufo
In former blog articles I already said, that dirt is not patina. Patina are surfaces on an object that changes during the process of making and over the years of aging. These surfaces are set together by colour and colour fading, structures and textures, traces of treatments (like sacrifications or the black stain treatment) or by traces of usage like wear, abrasions and even damages. There are many misunderstandings when it is about patina on Senufo sculptures. Very often I hear the...
Senufo · 24. Juli 2018
Yalourga Soro was a Koulé from Ganaoni who is famous for his double faced Kpelié masks. Read more about his styles in the blog article.
Senufo · 31. Januar 2018
Repaired Kpelié mask from Dickodougou
There are certain signs and indicators, that an African sculpture is used in the tribe. Traces of usage and, determined by the treatment, diverse kinds of patina are to mention. Depending on the filigree character and making of a sculpture damages of limbs and fragile elements can also be a sign for authenticity. Even when some major parts of an object might be injured or are even lost. In the tribal use a damaged object often, not always, is not of value anymore, because it might have lost its...
Senufo · 28. Januar 2018
Senufo diviner device: Gniniguefobele, Small Tugubele statues casted in metal.
Senufo · 03. August 2017
The Dioula form an own Senufo Group with an Islamic background. Dioulas can be part of other sub-groups of the Senufo. Songuifolo Silué for example belonged to the Kafibele and was also a Dioula. He lived and worked in Sirasso, which is the Dioula name of the village, Solokaha is the Senufo name.
Senufo · 02. August 2017
The legend of the Calao says, that this hornbill bird pics at man's forehead to give him power, knowledge and wisdom. So every Kpelié in wood or metal does have this center mark. There are Calao statues from very small (from 7 cm) up to human size known. These smaller statues are used by a diviner, larger ones can be place at a dancer head. Antique statues can be painted in White with some ornaments, recent ones are partly covered with bras plates (mostly used in Airport-art).
Senufo · 27. Juli 2017
Senufo Senoufo Kpelié masks of the "master of the animal" genre (?). Left mask by Ziehouo Coulibaly from Korhogo. Right mask by Bakari Coulibaly from Dickodougou
Upfront: I have no final explanation or committed description of this certain genre. Over the years of collecting Kpelié masks, I observed the characteristica of a center top placed Tugubele (I persume it is a Tugubele spirit), that in most cases holds long horns. Mostly the horns are ripped and sometimes twisted. I assume that these horns belong to a kind of antilope, because shape and structure are different to a caddle or buffalo of the Senufo. The Kpelié by Bakari Coulibaly has in...
Senufo · 17. Juli 2017
Similar to the Kpelié of the genre of the acrobat is the piper. He is also an entertainer and every one in the area is allowed to see this mask. His character is polite and friendly. The mask of a a piper is, like the acrobat, rare. It is more of importance that the Kpelié shows elegance than a certain nature or temper.
Senufo · 10. Juli 2017
In generell, the Kpelié mask is a mask that should entertain, it is not an evil or bad mask. In some books you can read the definition, that the name itself means face on an acrobat or comedien. But talking to carvers, they all say, Kpelié is a face of wood. But certainly one of the genres of the Kpelié is the character of the entertainer. Everyone at the venue, like a harvest fest, is allowed to see this character, who has acrobatic elements in his perfomance.
Senufo · 07. Juli 2017
Senufo Kpelié kids masks by Fédiofègue Koné from Kolia and Karnigi Coulibaly from Fonodara
For a long time, these small Keplié masks were wrongly described as "passport masks" or even as Airport-art, because they could not be specified. Karnigi Coulibaly, the carver of the wooden mask on the right, did say in an interview with Karl-Heinz Krieg in 1968, that these masks are danced by children before the beautiful Kpelié is going to perform by an adult dancer and they should enterrain the audience. Another speciality is, that the children did hold these masks in their hands while...

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