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Senoufo statue (N° 23032)
This female figure with slender arms, an arched bust, wears traditional scarifications and tattoos. The body stretched forward, the hands resting on the abdomen, highlight the umbilicus, symbol of filiation.
Cracks and abrasions. Satin patina.
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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. Councils of elders, headed by an elected chief, administer Senufo villages. Each of them has its own Poro association 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. Upon the death of one of the members of the Poro, the statues named pombibele were exhibited. The women's society sandogo manages divination in order to appease the spirits of the bush, and also has statues. The deble statues, used by soothsayers, depict bush spirits in human form.
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|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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