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Early 20th Century Senufu Seated Female Guardian

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Likely the work of Kulebele woodcarvers, a group of itinerant artists commissioned for their work, this carved wooden figure evokes the role women played as spiritual mediators and guardians among the Senufo people of Côte d' Ivoire. Attention is paid to her stylized features, ritual scarification on the face and body, and the bracelets she wears according to her powerful status. The figure clasps a knife and chicken in her hands, perhaps alluding to the ritual offerings that that were made to it as a shrine sculpture honouring ancestors. It may also been used during divination process to facilitate communication with the spirit world. We’re struck by the skill with which the artist used natural wood grain to enhance its power and the lovely dark sheen it’s acquired from fervent handling.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 17.25 in. x W 4 in. x D 5 in.H 43.82 cm x W 10.16 cm x D 12.7 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller Reference Number
    CAA883
  • Reference Number
    LU820010228901
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