Senufo Figure

Africa | Ivory Coast

Senufo Figure

Ivory Coast

Cup-bearer female figure

Carved wood
Late 19th – early 20th century
Height: 16 in. (41 cm)

Ex collection Paolo Morigi, Lugano
Ex collection Bernard Dulon, Paris

Published in: Senoufo, une Culture, un Art, Eric Hertault, 2018

Cup Bearer Senoufo Figure ex Paolo Morigi / www.galerieflak.com Price on request
The Senufo people are farmers, living in a savanna zone covering the north of Ivory Coast, the south of Mali and the southwest of Burkina Faso. The first mention of them was in 1888 by Louis Gustave Binger, a naval infantry officer.
Senufo statuary is distinguished by its aesthetic refinement, where pure lines combine a hieratic quality and movement. Senufo female figures were notably used by members of the Sando (Sando'o) secret society for soothsaying purposes. Female figures represent celebrations of fertility.

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