An extremly rare Bamana sculpture of a “wakoulo”, the mystic “devil”,an “animal”,who is living near the Niger river and whose “bones” are required by special fetishes like for important Kono masks. It is the first time I collected a sculpture of this anthropomorph animal
WJ “A Wakoulo?”
Daba “Yes this is an animal, with a height of round about fourty centimeter… with long ears.”
To Agibou, who is translating Bambara to French: “What does Daba mean with the word wakoulo.
Agibou: “This animal is called “fée” in French!” I got my dictionary to find out the name of this animal.
“Maybe it is written a little bit different in French…” Agibou responded.”Maybe “Fez” or “Feze” – but no result.”
WJ “Can you explain a little bit more exact how this animal is looking like? Does it still live in this region and died off like this antelope (Zine), where these horns are from?”
Agibou: “It is a rare animal, very rare. But it exists…also nowaday.”
To Daba: “Is it true, what Agibou is saying?”
Daba “Yes it exists, but it becomes rare nowadays.”
To Agibou: “Have you ever seen it?”
Agibou: “No, but it exists, my father has seen it several times in the bush.” We went to my Mac to google this “animal”. For me the same result. A “fée is a “fairy” a “fay”.
“Take the button “picture”… that´s it. It´s exactly this animal. Here you can see it. In Bambara we call it wakulo, it´s rare, but it exists, it´s not died off like the zine, the antelope, also nowadays it´s alive in this region!”
* About the contamination-fear of Bamana scuptors s. Sarah C. Brett-Smith, “The making of Bamana Sculpture, Creativity and Gender, Cambridge University Press, 1994; 158 ” Important sculptors shun women for fear of contaminating themselves and their ritual work through contact with menstrual blood. This substance is so powerful…”
900 – 1.200,- Euro
Height: 81 cm
Weight: 3 kg