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Senoufo calao-patterned comb (N° 18275)
This comb is topped by a calao figure that is the primordial bird that is one of the five animals of the Cosmogony Senoufo, the first stage of the creation of Senoufo. Evoked for morphological and behavioural criteria, it emblematicly decorates, in its miniature version, many objects of African art senoufo.
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Princile Farmers, the Senoufo Group lives in a savannah region that covers southern Mali and Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d'Ivoire. It encompasses about 50 sub-ethnic groups. SSenoufo speak a voltaic language Gur, Gour, like the Lobi and the Koulango. 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. Living in a reserved area, the sculptor sénufo , whose formation spanned seven years, began with the realization of everyday objects, and then, little by little, sported sculptures of increasing size. Initiation rituals complemented his learning.
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|Origin||ex-collection privée France|
|Material(s)||wood, perles, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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