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Senoufo maternity statuette
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Tribal art > African Maternity > Senoufo statuette

The face is imbued with solemnity for this female figure with a neck and tubular limbs, as if frozen in a seated posture, supporting with her clasped hands the child clinging to her back. This piece was probably dedicated to a family liturgical practice, in relation to fertility. Thick blackish patina, residual crusty deposits. One foot is missing. The Senoufo, the name given to them by the French colonists, are mainly composed of farmers who are scattered between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles ...

Senoufo Deblé statue
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Wearing a flat crest, with a projecting face, this male statue has a slender morphology and "hoofed" hands on either side of the pubic area. The spread legs disappear into a pedestal forming a pestle, called "sedine" or "dol" depending on the dialect.
Nice black glossy patina. Abrasions. The Senoufos , a name given to them by the French colonists, are mostly composed of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three seven-year cycles. A figurative Debele Senoufo statue, ...


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Senoufo sculpted figure from Côte d Ivoire
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Senoufo

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 ...

Statue pestle Debele Senoufo
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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 ...

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Male figure Senoufo Tugubele of Poro
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Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.

An oblong face topped with shells evoking a stylized bird, a long narrow bust, proportionally reduced legs, and a solemn attitude. This male figure with fine scarification also wears a talisman revealing the influence of Islam. Usually appearing as a couple, this statue embodies a spirit of nature. Black patina, grainy and shiny.
The 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, led 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 ...

Female figure Senoufo Katyelo
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This slender female figure, represented sitting on a stool, is coiffed with braids assembled into a crest revealing shaved temples. Beautiful golden light brown patina, indigenous restoration of a crack on the bust thanks to metal clips. Cracks and abrasions.
The 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, led 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. They gather in a sacred enclosure called sinzanga ...

Senoufo Fetish
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Tribal art > African Statues > Senoufo Fetish

An ovoid object extended by a long ringed neck and surmounted by a stylized bird's head. The curved beak of the animal gracefully returns to marry the handle of the sculpture. Four sheep horns protrude in a star shape around the volume composing the base. The hole made on the neck suggests the initial presence of a carrying handle. This object would form a fetish object for ritual use. Matt crusty patina, cracks and crazing.
Total height including base: 85 cm.
The 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, led by an elected chief, administer the Senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings ...


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Statue of Theose Senoufo
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Endowed with a tubular excrescence for gripping, this sculpture of a female figure is fixed in a classical attitude, palms arranged around the abdomen, legs disappearing into a pedestal forming a pestle called " sedine " or " dol " according to the dialect. The figuration of bracelets around the wrists and waist should be noted: In order to honor the wisdom and knowledge of the elders, the Senoufo adorned themselves with jewels that could also be placed on the altars. Brown-black oiled patina, glossy. Cracks of desiccation, localized erosions.
These figurative tribal statues Debele , Deblé , sometimes called " child of Poro " or " bush spirit ", were used in pairs during funeral processions or during ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the ...


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Female figure Senoufo Tugubele
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Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Frontal representation for this female Figure Senoufo, whose broad shoulders magnify a very slightly arched back, and whose hands rest on the knees on either side of a curved sex cache. The braids of her hairstyle, assembled in shells, form an elegant crest, which reveals shaved temples offering the protrusion of feline ears. Beautiful glossy patina, blackish. Ancient piece from the Belgian Mercier collection, patiently collected over three generations. Abrasions of protrusions, erosion on the posterior part of a leg.
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. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the senoufo ...

Statue Deblé Senoufo
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As if lost in a dream, her eyes closed, wearing a crest flanked by shells falling around her face, this tall female figure, monoxyle, reflects on the part of the sculptor a desire to translate youth through curved volumes, oblongs. In addition to the scarifications in drops and stars around the umbilical, annals indicate bracelets for adornment. The long legs with digitized feet, like columns, seem to be balanced on a dome. Cracking and erosion. Velvet patina, mottled.

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. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the senoufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings ...


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Statue pestle Debele Senoufo
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Côte d'Ivoire in African tribal art
Dosed with a crested hairstyle styling an elegant oblong face adorned with parallel scarifications, this long-design sculpture offers graceful, tubular limbs. The narrow pelvis is carried by reduced thighs, with slightly bent knees. The buttocks are barely protruding. The feet disappear into the base forming a pestle called sedine or dol according to the dialect. Black brown satin patina.

Debele Senoufo figurative , sometimes named ' child of Poro' or ' spirit of the bush' she performed in pairs during funeral processions or at ceremonies marking the end of initiation rites. The initiates of the Poro society, which trained the boys from the age of 7, wore them and pounded the ground with rhythm to the sound of drums, opening and ...

Small Kpéliyée Senoufo Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Péliyée Mask

Great finesse of execution for this mask of the animist society Poro des Senufo, which is undoubtedly the work of a lorhon founder from the class of craftsmen from the Lobi region. These blacksmiths-sculptors worked for different clans, including the Senoufo and Diula.
drish-green-of-grey inlays.
Hightop on a base: 39 cm.
The Poro Society is an institution that controls political and economic life. His masks honor the elders or appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly drive the spirit of the deceased from his place of residence. The Pélié mask means 'mask that jumps' and combines side fins. The Senoufo are mostly made up of farmers, occasionally hunting. Living in villages run by a chief and a council of elders, they are established between Côte d'Ivoire, ...

Maternity figure Senoufo Tugubele
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This female figure depicted sitting on a stool, nursing her child, is wearing braids assembled in shells forming a stylized motif linked to the bird of divination, the calao. Beautiful blackish patina, lustrous, speckled with mahogany brown, residual kaolin in the hollows. Erosions on the back of the headdress. Ancient piece from the Belgian Mercier collection, patiently collected over three generations.
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. The councils of elders, led 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 ...

Figure of calao Setien Senoufo
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Ex-collection French African art.
Sculpture associated with the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of the creation of Senoufo, and more precisely the calao. Evoked for morphological and behavioural criteria, it emblematicly decorates, in its miniature version, many objects of African art senoufo. Its long beak, " interpreted as the figuration of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community, returns to land on the abdomen of the animal. Enhanced with rafters and parallel lines, the tricolour patina is matte. Desication cracks, erosions on the base.
Lied to the Poro Society, which introduced young boys from the age of seven into a succession of three cycles lasting seven years, this sculpture of the Setien ...

Senoufo Poniugo hema mask, Wanyugo
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Senufo

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Two long, toothed mouths on either side of a rounded volume form this mask wanyugo two-headed senoufo , which belonged to the company wabele , active against witchcraft. Circular eyes are hollowed out only on one side. Small horns are placed at the top. One of the faces still has small nails, which probably allowed to attach accessories such as feathers or raffia. These powerful masks, often an amalgam of different zoomorphic elements, embody hybrid beings, their components can evoke both buffalo, hyena, warthog, antelope. They were preciously kept in a particular square, or in the sacred wood with the magical objects of the Poro. The piece features colorful dotted patterns, patinated and abraded by time. Living in a reserved neighbourhood, the ...





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