These fertility figures depict a couple with very harmonious
proportions. The headdress is characteristic of the Senufo, and the
construction is the expression of a pure and stocky style. These
statuettes were intended to favor a birth, and also to honor the
memory of the lineage ancestors. Usually, these figures were
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
Probably middle of the 19th century.
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