Senufo · 16. Oktober 2020
When visiting Helen Krieg, daughter of Karl-Heinz Krieg, in summer 2012, I came across a box with little things in it. Like a lion made of bronze with a grasshopper on his back (?), pieces of jewelry and other undefined, strange but interesting objects. On antique markets these boxes are like a magnet to me, they always catch my attention. So in this "Sammelsurium" I also discovered a small rudimentary carved Kpelié mask. Despite all that, the mask looked raw and not pretty. I liked it...
Senufo · 01. Oktober 2020
You might saw this little weirdo in relation to the Mossi pouppees from Burkina Faso, little dolls for children that look abstract and very futuristic. But these small objects are from the Senufo from Burkina Faso. They are love spikes or love nails. Their name is Sicanchon. "Sican" is the word for a nail, "chon" is the name for a human.
Senufo · 17. September 2020
Who did not made that experience? Sometimes you buy a sculpture where the provenance, the age and the clear assignment for a distinctive feature doesn't matter.
Senufo · 17. August 2020
Tougou N'Gambele Tugubele Senufo Senoufo
In Sando-cult of the Senufo, there is a number of certain statues used by the diviner. They all are Tugubele spirits with different purposes. In general the diviner works with a Tugubele couple, a seperate woman, which is usually a bit higher than the single male statue. Both represent the Tugubele spirits. These couples have an average size of 20 cm to 30 cm. Smaller couples, from 10 cm to 20 cm are mainly given to the person who consulted the diviner, they are called Nyingife. But the diviner...
Senufo · 29. Juli 2020
The Kodal is a Senufo mask often wrongly describted in literature. You can read that the Kpelié is a sub-group of the Kodal masks or that the Kodal is a topic of certain Senufo masks. Burkhard Gottschalk explains the term Kodal on page 127 of his book "Senufo - unbekannte Schätze aus privaten Sammlungen" that the Senufo call all masks Kodal, when they have no ritual meaning and are danced in public, or masks from other tribes used in own ceremonies. Many information got mixed up to create a...
Senufo · 12. Februar 2020
No matter which tribe, we all confess that some masks that look freshly made turn out to be very old. And, and that is mostly the case, very old looking masks were probably made last year or even last month. It is extremely difficult and nearly impossible to determine an age of an african sculpture (Sure, we all know these online experts, who can tell you right away the date of origin just by an image of an object, without having a mask in their hands and without comparing it with other...
Senufo · 07. April 2019
Senufo mask doubleface Kpelié Bakari Coulibaly
Please let me tell you right away, that this is not an article, where I try you tell/sell you, how to apply the Golden Ratio in an African sculpture. The Senufo carvers do not excercize these rules in their objects. In retrospect, depending on the size, the Golden Ratio application surely works on almost everything that we conceive as beautiful. You see what you want to see. The following consideration is different, much simpler...and, trust me, even more impressive. Certain times I explained...
Senufo · 25. September 2018
Kpelié masks Senufo
Über das kollektive Gedächtnis der Senufo und dem individuellen Gestaltungswillen ihrer Schnitzer - zusammengefasst und namentlich strukturiert im ersten Online-Archiv.
Senufo · 07. September 2018
As administrator of this group LIVING WITH AFRICAN ART, I have a few thoughts and experiences I'd like to the era of Fake News it is so very easy to say anything. Ok, we have freedom of speech, we have the social media where it is everyones right to say and comment, what he or she wants to communicate. So the idea of having a group, where people gather with the same interest can be a great thing. In the past I did present many of my Senufo sculptures and also I did promote my three...
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...

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