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Senufo Standing Figural Vessel with Monkey 49 Inch Africa

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Title Senufo Standing Figural Vessel with Monkey 49 Inch Africa
Type of Object Carving, offering vessel
Country of Origin Ivory Coast
People Senufo
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 49 inches tall (41 inches without lid) x 8 inches wide x 11 inches deep
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 shallow cracks, stains throughout. some cracks with indigenous repairs


Additional Information: This expressive figure is from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Mali and Burkina Faso.  The form resembles the known "rhythm pounder", but the pedestal is not as large.  This ornate figure is a container likely used to give offerings to benevolent spirits in hopes of good harvest.  The residue of the offering still sits in the bowl as seen.  The Senufo style is very evident in the main figure: his pose with hands at the side and the long animal-like face are consistent with known form.  And the monkey that makes the handle of the top container sits eatting what appears to be an ear of corn, reinforcing the idea that this is a tool used in the solicitation of harvest blessings from above.  


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.


Recommended reading: 


Glaze, Anita J.  “Art and Death in a Senufo Village,  1981.


Forster, T.  Die Kunst Der Senufo, Museum Reitberg, Zurich,  1988.


Forster, T. and H.-J. Koloss, Die Kunst Der Senufo, Elfenbeinkuste,


1990.