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Senufo Standing Figure Ivory Coast African Art 35 Inch

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Title Senufo Standing Figure Ivory Coast African Art 35 Inch
Type of Object Sculpture, carving, statue, figure
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
People Senufo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 35 Inches
Width: 8.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 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: The Senufo number 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 and live in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and the extreme south of Mali. They live principally off the fruits of agriculture and occasionally hunting. Senufo agriculture is typical of the region, including millet, sorghum, maize, rice, and yams. They also grow bananas, manioc, and a host of other crops that have been borrowed from cultures throughout the world. Small farm animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, guinea fowl, and dogs are raised. Minimal amounts of hunting and fishing also contribute to the local economy. Labor is divided between farmers and skilled artisans, and while it was once thought that these segments of society did not intermarry, In addition to a belief in a creator deity, ancestors and nature spirits, a central concept in Senufo religion is a female ancestral spirit called “ancient mother” or “ancient woman,” the sacred guiding spirit of each poro society. All adult men belong to the poro society, which maintains the continuity of religious and historical traditions, especially through the cult of the ancestors. The poro is the pillar of communal life. Responsible for initiation and training of the young boys, it is aimed at shaping an accomplished, social man who is integrated to the collective; it aids his entry into public responsibilities. A woman’s association, the sandogo, in charge of divination, is responsible for contact with the bush spirit who might be bothered by the activities of the hunt, farming, or of artisans.


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.