Calao Senoufo - African art

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Calao Senoufo (N° 11536)

A large sculpture, with pure shapes, represents the mythical bird that is one of the five animals of the Senoufo cosmogony, and more precisely the calao. Evoked for morphological and behavioural criteria, it decorates, in its miniature version, many objects of African senoufo art. Its widely deployed wings reveal powerful lower limbs resting on a fragmented base. 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.
Linked to the Poro society that introduced young boys from the age of seven in a succession of three cycles lasting seven years, this sculpture of the Setien was deposited in the sacred enclosure.
A native repair is visible on one of the wings and a sign, or number, has been painted on another. Desication cracks are apparent, the patina is clear and dull. Object supported by a pedestal.
Source: "The Bird in the Art of West Africa" Ed. sepia  


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Countrycôte d'ivoire
Height cm162
Width124 cm
Weight27.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950
Socle includedYes

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