SENUFO, IVORY COAST
WOOD, HEIGHT 135CM
Sculptures like these were used during funeral ceremonies of members of the Poro society. They were placed in the centre of the ceremonial ground and during dances pounded on the ground to provide rhythm for the dancers. This statue displays the typical features of Senufo style, a crescent coiffure, heart shaped face and straight nose. They are called “Pombilele”, meaning “those who give birth”. Quite an odd name for something that is used at funerals, but the Senufo believe in afterlife and that the deceased will join the ancestors. The statue is in excellent condition.