A large, elegante Rhythtm-Pounder, called Déblé, of the Northern Korhoga region close to the border to Mali, reddish Karité wood, touch-patina on arms and neck, lprominent “hands” resting on the abdomen, posted on a conical base, partly eroded by a water damage, s. detail photo.
This type of sculptures – kown under the name deble – is one of the most famous works of West African Art. After the early 1960th, when the Massa-movement destroyed most of the important Senufo objects, only a few old, authentic Rhythm Pounder were saved and came to Western world. There are no sculptures from the time before 1960 existing anymore in the Senufo region of Ivory Coast, Burkina and Mali. But in some rural regions the old animistic tradition is still existing and also the funeral ceremonies, in which the deble rhythm pounder has it’s ritual function. There are differences in the ceremonies in comparison to the years before 1960. In particular the holy groves, doesn´t exist anymore or arn’t known by Western ethnologists. It were secret fields, where the Senufo placed their ritual sculptures in the forest.These precious objects would probably be stolen immediately, because in nearly every village the Islamic influence becomes stronger and there are more people, who are against the old animistic tradion than decades before. Now these objects are protected in huts close to the village.
Gottschalk Burkhard, “Senufo, Massa und die Statuen des poro”, Glaze Anita J. , “Art and Death in a Senufo Village”, Indiana University Press, Bloomington 1981, Goldwater Robert, “Senufo Sculpture from West Africa” – The Museum of Primitive Art New York, 1964.
1.800- 2.400,- Euro
Height: 140 cm
Weight: 8,6 kg
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