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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    A SENUFO STAFF

    IVORY COAST

    Price Realised  

    A SENUFO STAFF
    Ivory Coast
    Tefalipitya, surmounted by a seated female figure on a stool with circular pot on her head, the face with small rectangular mouth with carved teeth, keloids to temples incised panels of scarification to top of the conical breasts, red cotton suspended from ears, cawries ornaments, dark oily patina, metal spike to base.
    56 in. (142 cm.) high


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    See Barbier, J.B. (Ed.), Art of Cte d'Ivoire, Geneva, 1993, vol.II, p.33, no.35, for a similar champion cultivator staff. To work and dance with these staffs is the highest honor a young Senufo male may receive.

    Provenance

    Lemaire Gallery, Amsterdam, 1966