|Title||Senufo Rhythm Pounder Figure African Art 41 Inch Collection|
|Type of Object||Figure, Carving, statue|
|Country of Origin||Ivory Coast.|
|Approximate Age||Mid 20th Century|
|Dimensions||Height: 41 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.|
Additional Information: This is a wonderful example of a standing female figure withan elegant body with finest lines and details typical of the Senufo stylistic tradition.The Senufo are the dominant culture in Cote d'Ivoire, and across the border into Mali. The Senufo carve numerous male and female figures 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.
Among the Senufo statues of this category are known as rhythm pounder (Pombibele) figures. The rhythm pounders were used in both funeral and initiation ceremonies. A skillfully-crafted example of one of the most famous of West African sculptures. The so-called "rhythm pounders" are used at the funerals of important members of the "Poro" Society, a powerful regulatory force throughout much of coastal West Africa. They are associated with loud booming noises when groups of them are struck on the ground, many of them are actually carried, and not used to make a sound at all.
For similar pieces see Jacques Kerchache, ART OF AFRICA, figs 318-320
From the Collection of Robert Pearson, Denver, Colorado
Bob Pearson began collecting African art later in his life. He was a n engineer, inveterate climber, and long-time collector of books and paintings. Spurred by the Douglas Society at the Denver Museum of Art, and his friendship with noted collector George Heggarty, he began building an enormous, eclectic collection. His African art library grew to several hundred books. He loved textiles and “material culture”-things which had domestic use, like spoons, cups, stools, and chairs, as well as masks and carvings. His collection included items from more than thirty African countries, and his fine eye gave him pieces ranging from a golddust scale to huge Dogon figural ladders. Africa Direct is honored to have been chosen to sell them.