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Hermaphrodite Figure Senufo Gurunsi 38 Inch African Art

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Title Hermaphrodite Figure Senufo Gurunsi 38 Inch African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Senufo
Materials Wood, reeds, leather
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 38 Inches
Width: 21 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:  Africa continues to surprise with sculptures that are unique and objects that challenge. This exceptional figure has no equivalent in the literature on African Art so that the identification is based upon stylistic parallels. It’s purpose is unknown and perhaps undocumented. The Senufo have a wide range of objects that were associated with the men’s Poro secret society. An additional factor leading to an identification among the Senufo is the shape of the head that is shown as a bird’s head and beak. For the Senufo the bird plays an important role during initiations, planting ceremonies and funerals. The figure itself raises a number of questions that will be answered in time, meanwhile it will serve as a challenge when added to a collection.

I have examined this piece and agree with the description

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD