Senufo diviner's figure (Three quarters view)
Three quarters viewSenufo villageMaps

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Item : Senufo diviner's figure, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 15 Kbytes)


This female statuette, of which the bust serves as a lid for a bowl, itself laid on a four-legged Senufo stool, is a representation of a bush spirit (called mandeo, tugu or ndeo). The hands become part of the mass, plunged into the bowl like through the lid. Such object constitutes the essential equipment of the healer-soothsayer (called sando). The statuette both represents and serves as the abode for the bush spirits who are believed to be in contact with the diviner.
Used for the practice of divination, this statuette was consulted in order to resolve problems and obtain better fortune or health. Such elaborate figure was almost exclusively reserved for the diviner, and was probably in use for the village divination society (the sandogo, a female association).
18th / 19th century or earlier.

Object #2938

Origin :

Ivory Coast (Korhogo area)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Senufo

Material :

Dark-dripping patinated wood

Size :

H = 18.7 inches

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