Lot: 267

87th Tribal Art Auction

Standing female figure "tugubele"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland H: 9.6 inch 3500 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, dark brown patina, without feet rising from conical base, typical posture, facial features and scarification marks, dam., missing parts (upper arm, breast), traces of abrasion, base. Such figures belong to single persons, mainly soothsayers. They are indispensable for getting into contact with the "tugubele", the small invisible and omnipresent bush spirits. The "tugubele" promise to help their human partners, when they are appreciated accordingly, which means that a figure has to be carved, representing them. Just like the bush spirits such figures are called "tugubele".