Lot: 144

92e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Figure oracle "kafigelejo" ("kafigeledio")

Côte d'Ivoire, Sénoufo

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Marshall Ward Mount, Jersey City, NJ / New York City, NY, USA H: 50,5 cm / 68,5 cm (with arms) Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

wood, coarse cotton, thick encrusted patina / sacrificial traces, collection number "214", base The "kafigelejo" represents a dreaded spiritual being, said to have awesome forces in judging, punishing and imposing bad evil. The missionary P. Knorps reported in 1923 that "kafigelejo" was a kind of clairvoyant who could expose guilty parties. Offenses were for example theft, adultery or immoral behavior. The fetish was kept in a hut, to which only the village chief, the sorcerer and few trustworthy persons had access.

Burkhard, Gottschalk, Senufo - Unbekannte Schätze aus privaten Sammlungen, Düsseldorf 2009, p. 204 ff. Förster, Till, Die Kunst der Senufo aus Schweizer Sammlungen, Zürich 1988, p. 95