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Statuette Senoufo Calao (N° 18417)
A rich artistic tradition has manifested itself among the Senoufo by various masks, anthropomorphic sculptures, everyday objects and statuettes embodying the spirits of nature or divination. The latter benefited from sacrificial libations based on palm oil. During the Poro Society rites, the leaders of the initiates also used bird statues, some of them large in scope. Spotted patina. The Senoufo, the name given to them by French settlers, are mostly 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 introduces young boys from the age of seven into a succession of three cycles lasting seven years. They gather in a sacred enclosure called sinzanga located near the village, among the trees.
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