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Senoufo Deblé statue (N° 20491)
Wearing a flat crest, with a projecting face, this male statue has a slender morphology and "hoofed" hands on either side of the pubic area. The spread legs disappear into a pedestal forming a pestle, called "sedine" or "dol" depending on the dialect.
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Nice black glossy patina. Abrasions.
The Senoufos , a name given to them by the French colonists, are mostly composed of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three seven-year cycles.
A figurative Debele Senoufo statue, sometimes referred to as the "Child of the Poro" or "Spirit of the Bush," it intervened in pairs during funeral processions or during ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the Poro society, which trained boys from the age of 7, carried them and pounded the ground rhythmically to the sound of drums, opening and closing the march. Kept in an enclosure, sezing, they were supposed to protect these young initiates.
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