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Senufo Maternity Three Children Cote D'Ivoire African Art

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Title Senufo Figure Maternity Mother and Three Children Africa
Type of Object Seated Maternity Figure
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire
People Senufo, Korogo Area
Materials Wood, stain and pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height is 27.5 inches. Width is 14 inches.
Overall Condition Poor. 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 in head, in torso,  neck, in the back, in stool, chips in head and in the bottom of stool's legs


Additional Information: A very strong sculpture imposing and jutting breasts depicting a seated female figure with three children including one on the back and the one standing against  in each side of the mother's hand  in front. This is an impressive figure with its large size, its volume, and its weight. A Maternity figure with many children is just out of the ordinary. The surface shows a worn smooth patina. This is a great piece with a lot of presence. This figure  would stand out in any collection!


This exceptional maternity figure reflects a tradition of sculpture fixed in core Senufo beliefs expressed in symbolic form. The Senufo society is matrineal and maternity figures such as this are frequently carved and represent primordial ancestor, the mother of the village or Kan Tyeleo, the main deity of the Poro society. The children are compared to the Poro initiates. And Kan Tyeleo has the ultimate role to "spiritually" nourish the initiates and also protect the community. Kan Tyeleo is also a guarantor of the community unit . Trader advices that this figure was used in the ceremony or twins, and was brought out when twins are married!


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.