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Deblé Statue (N° 24369)

Female sculpture in a classic posture, fan palms around the abdomen, the legs disappearing into a base forming a pestle called "sedine" or "dol" depending on the dialect. The aesthetic proportions, the tapered lines, however, honor its creator who remained anonymous. Soft matte patina. Desication cracks, chipping on the crest.
These Debele, Deblé figurative tribal statues, sometimes referred to as "child of the Poro" or "bush spirit" , 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. The central Senufo, on the other hand, place them in the middle of the ceremonial circle. Then kept in an enclosure, sézing, they are supposed to protect these young initiates.  


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OriginEx-collection Mercier
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm130
Width30 cm
Weight10.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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