SENUFO RHYTHM POUNDER FIGURES ARCHIVES, Ivory Coast


The figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.
For UNSOLD Senufo Figures please go to Senufo Figures 1

SENUFO
Figure 2
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 6
SOLD
 

SENUFO
Figure 7
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 8
SOLD

  

SENUFO
Figure 11
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 12
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 19
SOLD

  

SENUFO
Figure 1
SOLD

SENUFO (Pair)
Figure 9
56,5"
SOLD

 

SENUFO (Pair)
Figure 10
53.5"
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 16
30"
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 3
37.5"
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 4
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 15
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 17
SOLD


SENUFO
Figure 23
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 5
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 25
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 30
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 32
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 34
SOLD

 

SENUFO
Figure 21
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 35
SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 36
(PAIR), SOLD

SENUFO
Figure 37
(PAIR), SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

SENUFO, RHYTHM POUNDER FIGURES, Ivory Coast

These Senufo figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

The rhythm pounder (deble) from the Senufo people of the Ivory Coast was once a crucial prop in both commemorative ancestral rites and in initiations of adolescents to adult society; it was also a benevolent symbol of fertility and a conduit to the departed.

The few known male and female rhythm pounder pairs are thought to represent the primordial couple, referred to as 'Pombibele', which means "those who gave birth.

Typically it is female figures are represented and it has been speculated that these single figures are one of a pair, the location of the other being unknown. According to Anita Glaze (in Barbier, ed. 1993: 44), however, 'not all funerary sculpture is commissioned as a pair, nor do all relatively large scale processional display figures necessarily belong to the primordial couple category. A poro society may possess one or more single figures that were initially commissioned as a result of a member's visionary encounter with spirits in dreams or while alone in the fields.'

These pounders were traditionally used at funeral ceremonies for Poro society members. In some areas, they are actually pounded, at others, they are gathered at the center of the ceremonial grounds.

Sources: Sotheby's, A History of Art in Africa

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