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Calao statue
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Sculpture associated with the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of Senoufo creation, and more precisely the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many Senufo African art objects. Its long beak, "interpreted as the figuration of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community, comes back to rest on the animal's abdomen. Enhanced with chevrons and parallel lines, the matte patina is velvety. Desication cracks, losses on the base.
Linked to the Poro society which initiated young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years, this sculpture of Setien was placed in the sacred enclosure , where , ...


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Calao Senufo
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A rich artistic tradition has manifested itself among the Senoufo through various African masks, anthropomorphic sculptures, everyday objects and statuettes embodying spirits of nature or divination. The latter benefited from sacrificial libations based on palm oil. During the rites of the Poro society, the leaders of the initiates also used bird statues, some of them large. Sober copy depicting a bird with an arched morphology, whose long beak rests on a curved abdomen. Nice golden beige patina. Excellent condition.
The Senoufo, the name given to them by French settlers, are mainly composed of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, headed by an elected chief, administer Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they ...


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Senoufo statue
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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.
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 ...


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Calao Senufo
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Heavy stylized animal sculpture that refers to the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Senufo cosmogony, the first stage of Senufo creation, the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many Senufo African art objects. The wings are widely deployed, giving the work a certain majesty. The tapered beak is "interpreted as the representation of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community. The light patina is speckled with pink ochre. Losses, erosions and desication cracks.
Linked to the Poro society which initiated young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years, this sculpture of Setien was placed in the sacred enclosure , where , ...


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Senoufo statuette
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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 ...


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Senufo Statue
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An oblong face, a graceful neck and arms, a narrow bust, legs sinking into a circular base, and a solemn attitude. This female figure with fine scarification marks also carries a talisman revealing the influence of Islam.
Beautiful brown abraded patina of use, cracks of desiccation.
The Senoufos, the name given to them by the French colonists, are mostly farmers who are scattered between Mali, the Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso. Councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer 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 cycles lasting seven years . They gather in a sacred enclosure called ...


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Senoufo mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The African masks of the Sénufo are worn by male members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life.
An elegant bifid beak springs from the cap incised with almond-shaped eyes. A patina of use covers the irregular surface of the object, which is also marked by slight impacts.
This mask evokes the primordial bird, one of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of the Senufo creation, and more precisely the hornbill Kept in the sacred enclosure named sezang in order to shield them from the gaze of the ...


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Senoufo statue
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Stylized animal statue, carried by powerful legs, recalling the primordial bird that is part of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, the first stage of the Senoufo creation, and more precisely the hornbill. Evoked for morphological and behavioral criteria, it decorates in an emblematic way, in its miniature version, many objects of Senoufo African art. The long beak, "interpreted as the representation of the male sexual organ" perpetuating the life of the community, comes to rest vertically on the abdomen of the animal.
Oiled black patina, locally abraded revealing a light golden wood. Excellent condition, despite a crack on the base.
Linked to the Poro society which initiated young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years ...


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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 ...

Senoufo carved door
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Door carved with numerous motifs referring to the Senufo pantheon. The Kpélié mask of the Poro society occupies a central place. The door is equipped with an antropomorphic lock. Matt patina, residual inlays of kaolin. Indigenous restorations.
Representations of hybrid beings, the African masks zoomorphic masks of the Senufo are worn by members of the Poro society, the institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honor elders or appear at funerals, hence their name, poniugo, "funeral head." Living in a reserved neighborhood, the senufo sculptor, whose training lasted seven years,began by making everyday objects, and then, gradually, sported sculptures of increasing size. Initiatory rituals completed his training.


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Senoufo Kpeliye mask
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The African masks of the Senufo are worn by male members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life.
Devoid of fins, this rare type of mask "Kpélié" , or "mask that jumps", is also worn during initiations symbolically marking a death followed by a rebirth. A thick beard adorns the contours of the mask, composed of multiple finely braided plaits. Green pigmented patina, locally chipped. Missing and indigenous restoration on the contours.
Kept in the sacred enclosure named sezang in order to remove them from the gaze of the uninitiated, their function is to honor the elders or even appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly chase the spirit of the deceased from its place of residence. Living in a reserved area, the ...


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Senoufo from Poro Tugubele maternity figure
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Surmounted by a hemispherical pot with a lid sculpted with an animal motif, this Senufo maternity, represented seated, nursing an infant, is made of monoxyl wood. A gentle benevolence, remarkably rendered, permeates her face. This character would embody the "Old Mother" feeding the Poro initiates. Brown glazed surface, golden reflections. Abrasions, micro cracks. The Senoufos, 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 Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings called katiolo . Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys from the age of seven in a succession ...

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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Statue Senoufo
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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 ...


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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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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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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 ...





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