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    Senufo (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali or Burkina Faso, Western Africa)
    Female figure
    Wood
    Height: 27-3/4 inches

    The Senufo people are matrilineal, and images of female and mother figures are very important. Pairs of male and female figures appear during rituals representing the primordial couple as well as symbolizing the ideals of a good marriage. Female figures are often shown with enlarged abdomens and large breasts suggesting fertility.

    This figure is highly abstracted and simplified, and has some stylistic elements outside of more familiar Senufo forms. The facial features have been reduced to three descending ridges to suggest eyes, nose and mouth. Her head is twisted slightly to the proper right which is unusual, as is the slender appearance of her torso, arms, and legs. On the other hand, the pursed lips, elongated torso, and crested hairstyle are characteristic of Senufo figurative sculpture. While in overall good condition, the base has been lost and there is damage where the hands join at the lower stomach, with an overall patina of age. A very striking sculpture which is particularly compatible with Western modern art.

    PROVENANCE:
    Henri Kamer;
    Dr. Wally Zollman collection.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th Friday
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