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Senoufo figure (N° 21758)

Figure sculpted for divination purposes, this statuette has "hooves" hands placed on either side of the abdomen. The face is streaked with linear scarifications obliquely. Light brown satin patina. Abrasions. Desiccation cracks.
The Senoufos, a name given to them by French settlers, are mainly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. Ruled by matrilineal traditions, their villages are made up of clusters of dwellings called katiolo . 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. When one of the Poro members died, the statues named pombibele were on display. Although exclusively male, the Poro company in fact pays homage with these statues to the supposed founder of sinzanga The female society sandogo manages divination in order to appease the spirits of the bush, and also has statues. The deble statues, used by diviners, depict bush spirits in human form. These spirits receive offerings in exchange for their protection from all kinds of plagues.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnySenoufo
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm30
Width7 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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