Senufo fertility figure (Three quarters view)
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Item : Senufo fertility figure, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 13 Kbytes)


This fertility figure depicts a woman with very harmonious proportions. The headdress is characteristic of the Senufo, and the construction is the expression of a very old and pure style. This statuette was intended to favor a birth. Usually it was also associated with divination done by the men's poro and the women's sandogo secret societies.

The body is covered with ritual scarifications (ridges on the chest, cheeks, and around the navel), and with an old fine lacquered brown patina.
Probably 19th century or earlier.

Object #2416

Origin :

Ivory Coast (Mankono area)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Senufo

Material :

Bright brownish wood, aged patina

Size :

H = 8.6 inches

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