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Statue pestle Deble Senoufo (N° 19236)
Slender proportions for this masculine sculpture of the Poro, whose hands placed in a fan on either side of the lower abdomen evoke equine hooves. The stretched neck, under the concave face with fine features, reinforces the majestic character of this being with certain zoomorphic features. Gracilic, the legs spread apart and barely bent disappear in a high base named "sedine" or "dol" according to the dialect. Dark brown satin patina.br>
Senoufos, 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, headed 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.
Figurative statue Debele Senoufo, sometimes called "child of Poro " or " bush spirit ", 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 with rhythm to the sound of drums, opening and closing the march. Kept in an enclosure, sézing, they were supposed to protect these young initiates.
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