Katyeleo female figure Senufo - SOLD OUT

Katyeleo figure : traditional african art from Senufo people, Ivory CoastSenufo Katyeleo type statue of a seated female with crest shaped hair style, large hook shaped lock of hair to the front. The face with small round eyes and muzzle type mouth with bared teeth; scarification marks to the side of the mouth and head. The naked body with engraved lines to represent scarification marks; large breasts and rounded stomach. Seated on a four legged stool.The Senufo live in Mali on the Ivory Coast and the name means ‘the people who speak Sene’. They have a matrilineal society though many of the secret societies that are concerned with the welfare of the community are only open to man. One of these is the Poro society who carry out their initiation ceremonies in a sacred wood dedicated to Katyeleo, the name given to the supreme goddess of the Senufo which means ‘old mother’. The Poro society exists to help boys become initiated into manhood. Origin : private collection, FranceDating : années 1940Material : wood

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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