A slender Senufo Rhythm Pounder – called “Deblé”

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A slender Senufo Rhythm Pounder – called “Deblé” – of the Northern Korhogo region, uprising from a cylindrical base; intensive touch-patina at the arms and the elongated neck; natural brown to reddish patina under a dark surface.

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 tradtiion than decades before. Now these objects are protected in huts close to the village.

2.400 – 2.800,- Euro

Height: 132 cm
Weight: 5 kg

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Weight 5 kg