A Senufo maternity


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A Senufo maternity, Ivory Coast, seated on a four legged stool, fragmentary short legs leading to prominent buttocks, a voluminous torso with a projecting navel and tapering breasts, angular shoulders with long arms holding a child with angled knees, bracelets around the upper arms and wrists, notched back line, a cylindrical neck supporting an ovoid elongated head with a heart shaped face, a protruding round mouth with rows of bared teeth beneath a long nose leading to high arched brows, framed by large bulging eyes, hemispherical ears set towards the back of the head, scarifciation marks at the corners of the mouth, the cheeks, breasts and around the navel, capped by a striated crested hairstyle with a braid on the forehead and at the back of the head; heavy wood, brown patina, traces of age and ritual use, partly eroded.

Lit.: Burkhard Gottschalk: Senufo. Massa und die Statuen des Poro, Düsseldorf 2002; Kat. Ausst. Die Kunst der Senufo: Elfenbeinküste. Mit einem Beitrag von Till Förster, Staatliche Museen der Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Museum für Völkerkunde Berlin, 16.11.1990 – 24.2.1991, Berlin 1990; Die Kunst der Senufo, Museum Rietberg Zürich, aus Schweizer Sammlung, Zürich 1988; Homberger Lorenz: Künstler in Werkstätten der Senufo. In: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zurüch 2014, p. 151-178; Wolfgang Jaenicke: Maternities West African Art.

700 – 800,- Euro

Height: 55 cm
Weight: 4,4 kg


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Weight 4.4 kg