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Senufo Maternity Figure Ivory Coast 28 Inch African Art

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Title Senufo Maternity Figure Ivory Coast 28 Inch African Art
Type of Object Seated mother with child
Country of Origin Ivory Coast
People Senufo
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Height (in) 28
Width (in) 5.5
Depth (in) 6
Dimensions Height: 28 Inches
Width: 5.5 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 Cracks throughout, repaired leg, repair on side of face with staples.

Additional Information: This expressive female figure from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Mali and Burkina Faso. It is very well carved with the hallmarks of classic Senufo sculpture in terms of details and style.

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,