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Senoufo divination figure (N° 19052)
Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
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Straight back, legs spread slightly bent, this sculpted figurine offers to the eye a protruding bust between hands placed at an angle. The coiffure in crest on a shaved skull ends in the nape of the neck in a small conical bun, the face as for him is endowed with fine features with a serene and benevolent expression. The fine-grained wood is coated with a blackish patina revealing red and golden ochre areas. Desiccation cracks on one side.
The Senoufo, the name given to them by French settlers, 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 Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each of them has its own association Poro which initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years. They gather in a sacred enclosure called sinzanga located near the village, among the trees.
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