A male Senufo sculpture, standing on large feet, sturdy legs ending up in prominent buttocks and well-emphasized genitals, wearing a carved belt around the hips, a slender torso with a pointed navel, which is surrounded by radially arranged scarification marks, slightly bent arms, hanging close to the body, with one ring around each upper arm and one around each wrist, notched backline, a cylindrical neck supporting an elongated head with bulging heavy-lidded coffee bean eyes and a pointed mouth, showing the teeth, an elongated nose, large semi-circular ears projecting outwardly from the face, the head surmounted by a chameleon; reddish patina, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks, partly eroded.
Lit.: Burkhard Gottschalk, Senufo. Massa und die Statuen des Poro, 2002; Staatliche Museen der Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Museum für Völkerkunde Berlin, Die Kunst der Senufo, Elfenbeinküste. Mit einem Beitrag von Till Förster, 1990; Museum Rietberg Zürich, Die Kunst der Senufo aus Schweizer Sammlungen, 1988; Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, Senufo unbound. Dynamics of art and identity in West Africa, Cleveland 2015.
900 – 1.200,- Euro
Height: 85 cm Weight: 5,30 kg
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