|Title||Senufo Standing Female Côte D'ivoire Miniature African Art|
|Type of Object||Carving, Statue, Figure|
|Country of Origin||Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire)|
|Materials||Wood, cowrie shells|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||16.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches wide|
|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||scraped patina and pigments. shallow cracks|
Additional Information: This is a wonderful example of a standing female figure with a beautiful body in the finest Senufo tradition. The angular jaw and exagerated hairstyle are the hallmarks of the Senufo form. Her breasts show scarification patterns and her pose is in accordance with the known motifs.
The Senufo are the dominant culture in Cote d'Ivoire, and their territory also extends across the border into Mali. The Senufo carve numerous male and female figures in a variety of positions, 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.