Seated maternity - Wood - KATIELO - SENOUFO - Ivory Coast

Description
Seated maternity - Wood - KATIELO - SENOUFO - Ivory Coast
Circa 1960 - Good

The sculptures called "maternity" represent the great mother goddess Katielo or Katyelo, which can be translated as "old mother" whose children are the initiates of the cult of Poro, which takes place every seven years.
This gradual initiation makes it possible to recognize the specific characteristics of the Senoufo cultural identity.
Katyelo's role is therefore reproductive, that is, the whole universe and the Senoufo people are constantly renewed through the ceremonies of the Poro that honours it.
The other Almighty God is called Koulotiolo.

This sculpture respects the Senoufo style: oblong head, bun hairstyle. The forehead is surmounted by a calao beak that would be a kind of "third eye".
Here the body and neck are rather picked up instead of the pestle like statues with a very stretched body and neck. Katielo represents a breastfeeding woman who has to be "chubby" and has a strong chest.

Dense wood.
Dry black patina.

Lot details
Object
Seated maternity
Indigenous object name
KATIELO
Ethnic group/ culture
SENOUFO
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
Material
Wood
Period
Circa 1960
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
50×18×18 cm
Weight
3.04 kg
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