Lot 20

Senufo Wood and Cloth Kafigelejo Oracle Figure, Ivory Coast

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
Sold for

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

Composed of a wooden skeleton overlaid by cloth, now mounted on a stand.

Overall: 31 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.

Note: The Kafigelejo figure is a ritualistic object used to get to the truth. This figure gives visual representation to the invisible busla spirits and functions as a divination device. Kafigelejo divination is used to uncover misdeeds, false testimony and culpability. Although such works have the potential to affect all members of a Senufo community, access to this oracle is restricted to the most enlightened senior male and occasionally, female members, who keep it shrouded in secrecy.


Staining, wear and minor holes in the cloth.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.