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Senufo Rhythm Pounder Female Statue African Art 30 Inch

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Title Senufo Rhythm Pounder Female Statue African Art 30 Inch
Type of Object Figure, Carving, statue
Country of Origin Ivory Coast.
People Senufo
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 30 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 6 Inches
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 Chips, cracks, stains, worn surfaces


Provenance: From the collection of Howard Gelb, St. Paul, MN collector of African Art, who was also a businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist. Mr. Gelb died in 2015, at the age of 96.

Additional Information: This is a wonderful example of a standing female figure withan elegant  body with finest lines and details typical of the Senufo stylistic 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