Senufo Hornbill Statue 33.5″ – Ivory Coast – African Art



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This statue was carved in the style of the Senufo people of Ivory Coast. The statue depicts a hornbill bird, a common Senufo artform. The statue measures 33.5 inches tall and weighs 14.5 pounds. There is a large crack on the right side of the body along with some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast





Wood & pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

14.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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Tribe Information

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.”

Additional Information

Among the Senufo, secret societies play a huge role in everyday life. The Poro is a men’s initiatory society and is by far the most important. The Poro’s code of laws governs the entire native population. During certain ceremonies a large wooden carved bird, known as a sejen or poropianong, is carved and carried while balanced on top of the head, held in place by strips of woven cloth. The hornbill bird is a symbol of fertility and an image of one of the five primordial creatures in Senufo creation mythology