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Hornbill figure of the Setien Senoufo (N° 20826)

Stylized animal statue, carried by powerful legs, recalling the primordial bird that is part of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of the Senoufo creation, and more precisely the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many objects of Senoufo African art. The long beak, "interpreted as the representation of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community, comes to rest vertically on the abdomen of the animal.
Oiled black patina, locally abraded revealing a light golden wood. Excellent condition, despite a crack 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 the Setien was deposited in the sacred enclosure, where, despite its weight, carried on the head during a procession. The great initiates consider its bulging belly as the spiritual gestation of newcomers to the Poro.  

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OriginCollection Gerard Haquet
EthnySenoufo
Countrymali
Material(s)wood
Height184
Width39
Weight40.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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