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Statue pestle Debele Senoufo (N° 19913)

The Ivory Coast in African tribal art Slender morphology and accentuated arching for this male figure with an oblong face. His slender legs sink into a base forming a drumstick called "sedine" or "dol" depending on the dialect. The necklace-talisman is called "korte". Satin shaded patina, abrasions and desiccation cracks.

Figurative statue Debele Senoufo, sometimes called "Child of the Poro" or "Spirit of the Bush", 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 rhythmically to the sound of drums, opening and closing the march. Kept in an enclosure, sezing ,they were supposed to protect these young initiates. These statues were mostly made of a rot-proof wood. Living in a reserved area, the senufo sculptor, whose training lasted seven years, began by making everyday objects, and then, little by little, sported sculptures of increasing size. Initiatory rituals came to supplement its training.


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OriginEx-collection Mercier
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm103
Width13 cm
Weight3.95 Kg
Estimated dating1ère motié xx°

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