Senufo Peoples, Ivory Coast
H: 45 inches
Materials: Wood, Brass, African Beads Cowrie Shells
The Senufo number about 1,500,000 and live in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and extreme south of Mali. Their art form is very diverse. All adult men belong to the poro society, which maintains the continuity of religious and historical traditions.
The poro is responsible for initiation and training of the young boys, preparing them to accept public responsibilities. Statue of this type represents one of the spiritual warriors of the poro secret society. The statue was displayed during initiation ceremonies.