A female Senufo Rhythm Pounder, called Déblé, Ivory Coast, standing on a cylindrical base, slender slightly bent legs, the abstract elongated torso with a navel surrounded by ornamental scarification patterns, sloping shoulders leading to the fragile arms which are terminating in stylized hands which are resting in front of the abdomen, the arms are each surrounded by two carved bangles, conical breasts, the cylindrical long neck supporting an oval face with a pointed chin, a small protruding mouth with tow rows of teeth, hemispherical ears, the fascial plane with fine stylized features showing a high degree of abstraction, surmounted by a chameleon; brown patina, heavy hard wood with significant traces of use, several cracks.
Lit.: Burkhard Gottschalk: Senufo. Massa und die Statuen des Poro, 2002; Staatliche Museen der Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Museum für Völkerkunde Berlin, Die Kunst der Senufo, Elfenbeinküste. Mit einem Beitrag von Till Förster, 1990; Museum Rietberg Zürich, Die Kunst der Senufo aus Schweizer Sammlungen, 1988; Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi: Senufo unbound. Dynamics of art and identity in West Africa, Cleveland 2015; Wolfgang Jaenicke, Great Arfican Art by a Great African Art Collector and Dealer: Mr. Kaba Cabinet, Ivory Coast.
Height: 141 cm
Weight: 7.60 kg