14 November 2008
A SENUFO STAFF
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
Lemaire Gallery, Amsterdam, 1966
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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.
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