SENUFO HORNBILL FIGURES ARCHIVES

The figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 

SENUFO
Hornbill 1
SOLD


SENUFO
Hornbill 2
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 3
SOLD 

SENUFO
Hornbill 4
SOLD 


SENUFO
Hornbill 6
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Hornbill 7
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 9
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 10
SOLD 
 


 

SENUFO
Hornbill 11
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Hornbill 12
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Hornbill 14
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Hornbill 15
SOLD

 SENUFO
Hornbill 16
SOLD

 SENUFO
Hornbill 17
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 18
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 20
SOLD


SENUFO
Hornbill 21
SOLD

 SENUFO
Hornbill 22
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 23
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 24
SOLD


 SENUFO
Hornbill 25
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 26
SOLD

SENUFO
Hornbill 27
SOLD

 

 SENUFO
Hornbill 29
SOLD


 SENUFO
Hornbill 28
62" high
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Hornbill 33
57" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SENUFO, HORNBILL FIGURES ARCHIVES, Ivory Coast

Hornbill figures, called Setien or Porpianong, were used by the Lo and Poro societies. A symbol of fertility and the original ancestor cult, the hornbill was the mythological founder of the Senufo people. The figures were originally worn on the head during long dances and processions. The Setien, hermaphrodictic, represent procreation, with their long hooked beaks touching their protruding stomachs that they have fertilized, therefore being the carrier of life and a symbol of continuity to future generations.

Hornbills are noble birds; they mate for life, they share equally in the raising of their young who they protect by spreading their wings. They are depicted in their erect, protective stance.

The variety of size, style, skill and surface finish reflects the range of the more than a million Senufo peoples living in the Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Despite their appearance, these figures show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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