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Senufo Seated Male Scarification Ivory Coast 45 Inch Africa

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Title Senufo Seated Male Scarification Ivory Coast 45 Inch Africa
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Ivory Coast, Cote d'Ivoire
People Senufo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 45 inches tall x 12.5 inches wide x 12.5 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 Large cracks, pits , chips, worn patina, chipped toe


Additional Information: This expressive male figure is from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Mali and Burkina Faso.  Seated on a decorated chair, he is very well carved with the hallmarks of classic Senufo sculpture in terms of details and style.  He does have classic Senufo features enhanced by complex scarification on his cheeks and chest.  The figure depicts a possible chief on a throne holding a staff, with a figure on top. 


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.