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Calao Senufo (N° 22926)

Heavy stylized animal sculpture that refers to the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senufo cosmogony, the first stage of Senufo creation, the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many Senufo African art objects. The wings are widely deployed, giving the work a certain majesty. The tapered beak is "interpreted as the representation of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community. The light patina is speckled with pink ochre. Losses, erosions and desication cracks.
Linked to the Poro society which initiated young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years, this sculpture of Setien was placed in the sacred enclosure , where , despite its weight, carried on the head during a procession. The great initiates consider his bulging belly as the spiritual gestation of newcomers within the Poro.  

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Origincollection Patrick Malisse
EthnySenoufo
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm127
Depth50 cm
Width63 cm
Weight17.65 Kg
Estimated dating1sthalfxx°

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