Additional Information: A wonderful carved bowl with lid. Four figures of balaphon players support the large bowl. The bowl itself is decorated with two mask dancers and two baffalo figures in relief. A figure of a horseman and two horn-bill figures stand on the top of the lid. This large bowl comes from the Senufo people. The figures have the hallmarks of classic Senufo sculpture in terms of details and style and imagery in association with figures. The bowl could have served as a container and used for various ceremonies. It was probably used as a utensil commissioned by a priest to carry magic objects or ingredients used in rituals. Whatever its use and ceremonial appearance this object is a beautifully carved figure which reflects the skill and aesthetic sensibilities of the Senufo carver.
Glaze, Anita J. “Art and Death in a Senufo Village. 1981.
Forster, T. Die Kunst Der Senufo, Museum Reitberg, Zurich. 1988.
I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.