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Senufo Rhythm Pounder Male Côte D'ivoire 51 Inch African Art

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Title Senufo Rhythm Pounder Male Côte D'ivoire 51 Inch African Art
Type of Object Carving, Statue, Figure
Country of Origin Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire)
People Senufo
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 51 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 7 inches deep
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 in torso and head

Additional Information: This is a wonderful example of a standing male figure with a beautiful body in the finest Senufo tradition.  The Senufo are the dominant culture in Cote d'Ivoire, and their territory also extends across the border into Mali. The Senufo carve numerous male and female figures in a variety of positions, 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.