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Female figure Senoufo Tugubele (N° 17875)
Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
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Frontal representation for this female Figure Senoufo, whose broad shoulders magnify a very slightly arched back, and whose hands rest on the knees on either side of a curved sex cache. The braids of her hairstyle, assembled in shells, form an elegant crest, which reveals shaved temples offering the protrusion of feline ears. Beautiful glossy patina, blackish. Ancient piece from the Belgian Mercier collection, patiently collected over three generations. Abrasions of protrusions, erosion on the posterior part of a leg.
The Senoufos, the name given to them by french settlers, are mainly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo . Each of them has its own association Poro which introduces young boys from the age of seven into a succession of three cycles lasting seven years. They gather in a sacred enclosure called sinzanga located near the village, among the trees. At the time of the death of one of the members of the Poro, the statues named pombibele were exhibited. Although exclusively male, Poro actually pays tribute with these statues to the supposed founder of the sinzanga The women's society sandogo manages divination to appease the spirits of the bush, and also has statues. The statues deble , used by soothsayers, depict spirits of the bush in a human form. These spirits receive offerings in exchange for their protection from any kind of plague.
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