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Senufo Maternity Janus Face Ivory Coast 36 Inch African Art

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Title Senufo Maternity Janus Face Ivory Coast 36 Inch African Art
Type of Object Sculpture, carving, statue, figure
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
People Senufo
Materials Wood, glass beads, mirror
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 36 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Depth: 10 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.

 Additional Information: 

Figures such as this may have been commissioned by the male ‘Poro Society’ or the female ‘Tykpa' (Tykepa) Society, both which were concerned with initiations, funerals and social control.  She may also have been a Yasungo, a shrine figure or one of a male-female pair representing the first couple known as ‘Kasingele’. She sits in quiet dignity holding a figure that can be either a child or a surrogate symbol for the village and its population that she nurtures and sustains.

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.