This statue was created in the style of the Senufo people of Ivory Coast. The statue features a seated figure holding a staff or weapon in its right arm. It has cowrie shells attached to multiple parts of its body. The statue measures 21.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. There is minor imperfections including scrapes, scuffs and cracking – please inspect photos.
Senufo Style African Statue w/ Cowrie Shells 21.5″ – Ivory Coast
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Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)
Wood, Pigment, Cowrie Shells, String
Good with minor imperfections.
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.”