This game board, known as mancala, was created in the style of the Senufo people of Ivory Coast. Mancala is a game that is played all around the world and the boards come in many shapes and sizes. This particular board was carved in the shape of a crocodile. It measures 28 inches tall (including the permanently attached custom stand), 39.5 inches long, and weighs 12 pounds (including stand). There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos carefully. Item will be unscrewed from stand for shipping.
Senufo African Mancala Game 39.5″ Long w/ Stand – Ivory Coast
1 in stock
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Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)
5" board | 28" including stand
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Senufo People
“Scattered across the Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso, the million and a half Senufo tribespeople live principally off the fruits of agriculture and occasionally hunting. They inhabit villages governed by a council of elders, who in turn are led be a chief elected from their number. Tribal cohesion is reinforced through the rituals of the Poro society who initiate and educate the men from the age of seven onwards. Senufo theology is based on Koulotiolo, a powerful god, and Katieleo, a goddess mother, who through the rituals of the Poro society, regenerates the world.
The Senufo were among the first tribal artists to be admired by the Western world. Their artistic output has been prolific – statues and masks characterized by realistic features or highly geometric shapes which emphasize rhythm and the opposition between void and full spaces.”