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Senoufo sculpted figure from Côte d'Ivoire (N° 19180)
This African sculpture combines an animal figure with a curved back under the weight of a cup, and a monkey whose name is aboya , or mbotumbo enthroned at the top. These sculptures were once associated with a cult that was forbidden to women and reserved for blacksmiths. Among the Baoulé , this cult, the Mbra, required the sacrifice of a dog, which the Guro and the Senoufo also practiced. These figures indeed evoke powerful spirits of nature bonu amuin linked to virility and whose energy should be channeled through rituals involving sacrificial offerings.
These statues were held by soothsayers possessed by the spirit the object was meant to embody.
The Senoufos, the name given to them by French settlers, are mostly composed of farmers who dispersed between Mali, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Governed by matrilineal traditions, the villages are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo .
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Dark patina, satin finish, good condition.
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