Female Senufo rhythmopounder – déblé – on cylindrical base with slightly bent legs, curved arms resting on the hips of a slender body with accentuated navel, the elongated neck supporting an oval head with slightly set back facial plane and protruding chin, small nose, half-circular ears, with curved coiffure, scarification marks on the breasts and around the navel; aged patina, the base of the statue with clear signs of use and age due to the specific function of the sculpture.
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. W.J.
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.
800 – 1.000,- Euro
Height: 75 cm
Weight: 4,7 kg