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Calao statue (N° 21849)

Sculpture associated with the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of Senoufo creation, and more precisely the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many Senufo African art objects. Its long beak, "interpreted as the figuration of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community, comes back to rest on the animal's abdomen. Enhanced with chevrons and parallel lines, the matte patina is velvety. Desication cracks, losses on the base.
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.


P.S. This hornbill was indicated to us as Senoufo by its owner, but our conviction goes rather towards the Baga. Very close, and each, Senoufo and Baga, having produced hornbills of this type  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnySenoufo
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm154
Width50 cm
Weight30.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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