Maternité "katyéléô" ("mother of the village / the children of the poro")Click here to view a larger version of the image
Lot: 1199th Auction
Maternité "katyéléô" ("mother of the village / the children of the poro")
Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Lean-Louis Picard, Paris, 8 October 1991, Lot 183
German Private Collection
|H: 15 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, rich patina, waxed / oiled, rest., base
These generalized figures are embodiments of the primordial mother who guides and protects the sum of all the children of the community.
"Katyéléô" was particularly regarded as the protector of the initiates. The representations of mother-and-child figuratively signify a feeding of the novices with the knowledge of the "poro".
Burkhard, Gottschalk, Senufo - Unbekannte Schätze aus privaten Sammlungen, Düsseldorf 2009, p. 80 ff.