Traditional figure from the Ivory Coast
  • Traditional figure from the Ivory Coast

Janus figure Sénoufo


This remarkable work was collected by Mr. Schmidt himself during trips to Africa at a time when unique pieces used ritually could still be discovered in remote villages. 

Janus figurine in ancient style, pure, and very powerful, originating from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast.

Janus figures in African art, particularly among the Senufo of Ivory Coast, represent a form of sacred and symbolic art. These sculptures feature two opposing faces or figures on a single body, often interpreted as representing the past and the present, or the masculine and the feminine. They are associated with religious beliefs and rituals, playing an important role in communication with ancestral spirits and the preservation of social harmony. Senufo Janus figures are often used in ceremonies and initiation rites to promote fertility, protection, and the well-being of the community.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
16 x 35 cm
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Jean-Pierre Schmidt Collection