Lot: 18898th Auction
Standing female figure "tugubele"
Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo
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|H: 7.1 inch||
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Such statuettes were used by Senufo diviners "sando’o". They are indispensable for getting into contact with the "tugubele", the small 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".