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Senufo Gourd with Lid Vessel Ivory Coast African

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Product #: 110786
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Title Senufo Gourd with Lid Vessel Ivory Coast African
Type of Object gourd vessel
Country of Origin Ivory Coast
People Senufo
Materials gourd, vegetal fibers, bark or wood
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 15 Inches
Width: 14 Inches
mouth measures
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair General wear


Additional Information:


A large, round calabash hollowed out and made into a vessel.  The top rim and lid use vegetal fibers and bark.  Research of the form reveals that this gourd is consistent with known Senufo style, likely used for water collection historically.  


  The Senufo live in the Ivory Coast and southern Mali in small villages supporting themselves primarily as farmers. Though generally independent, the villages are joined through a shared men’s secret society known as Poro or Pondo, which is responsible for the initiation of young boys and men and for instruction in the religious wisdom and knowledge of the bush spirits. Masks and figures mainly serve the Poro society.