Female Senufo rhythmopounder, called “Déblé”

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Female Senufo rhythmopounder, called “Déblé”, southern style, around Korhogo, with shortened legs standing on a cylindrical base, the curved arms resting on the hips of a slender upper body with pointed navel. The elongated neck carries an oval head with a facial plate typical of these sculptures, which runs downwards in a convex curve. From the eyebrows running in a semicircle to the chin it is a kind of relief on which the narrow long nose adapts to this curve, triangular ears protrude from the head below an Iroquois-like coiffure, scarification marks on the breasts, around the navel and on the face; around the navel; age patina with traces of use and cracks, especially on the coiffure.

Many of these Rythm Pounders were used like a hammer to open symbolically or more or less directly a hole in the thick adobe wall of a hut, to carry the dead body of a man – it´s a male sculpture – outside for funaral purpose. In the literature is only described the pounding on earth and the swinging over the ground, but not the described function, which is the reason for the desolat conditions of many déblé bases.
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.

1.000 – 1.200,- Euro

Height: 113 cm
Weight: 8,8 kg

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Weight 8.8 kg