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Senufo Rhythm Pounder Double Headed Animal Africa 45 Inch

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Title Senufo Rhythm Pounder Double Headed Animal Africa 45 Inch
Type of Object Figure, Carving, statue
Country of Origin Ivory Coast.
People Senufo
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 45.5 inches x 6.75 inches W. x 7 inches d.
Overall Condition Fair . 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 wear; belly damaged, cracks in animal back, in figure's head and torso, in buttock, and in base, chipped nipple, chips in abdomen


Additional Information: A superb Senufo Rhythm Pounder Figure surmounted by a double-headed animal figure on the top.This is a wonderful example of a standing female figure with beautiful body lines in the finest Senufo tradition.


The Senufo are the dominant culture in Cote d'Ivoire, and across the border into Mali. The Senufo carve numerous male and female figures as well as many remarkable masks. Most adhere rather strictly to a known set of proportions, but some can be quite abstract. It is thought that many Senufo artworks are produced by "professional" carvers known to the village, and this accounts for the rather standardized "look" found in the majority of their figural objects.


Among the Senufo statues of this category are known as rhythm pounder (Pombibele) figures. The rhythm pounders were used in both funeral and initiation ceremonies. A skillfully-crafted example of one of the most famous of West African sculptures. The so-called "rhythm pounders" are used at the funerals of important members of the "Poro" Society, a powerful regulatory force throughout much of coastal West Africa. They are associated with loud booming noises when groups of them are struck on the ground, many of them are actually carried, and not used to make a sound at all.


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


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.


Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.