Skip to Main Content »

You're currently on:

Search Site
Click on image above to zoom.

Senufo Monkey Marionette Moving Limbs Ivory Coast Africa

Regular Price: $850.00

Special Price: $399.00

Product #: 106486
US Shipping: $65.98
Add Items to Cart

Title Senufo Monkey Marionette Moving Limbs Ivory Coast Africa
Type of Object headrest
Country of Origin Ivory Coast.
People Senufo
Materials wood, metal teeth
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 45 Inches
Width: 8.5 Inches
Tail is 15 inches long. Measurements taken with figure standing.
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 repairs to tail bracket. several limbs will need adhered into place. does not stand securely without support.

Additional Information: A tall puppet resembling a monkey or ape with jagged metal teeth.  The arms and legs swing freely, and the tail extends backwards from a moving joint.  The torso is decorated with scarifiacation patterns.  This is a unique and charming coming from the Senufo according to our African Art traders.  

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.

For similar pieces see Jacques Kerchache, ART OF AFRICA, figs 318-320