SENUFO RHYTHM POUNDER FIGURE 16, Ivory Coast

 

 

 

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SENUFO
Figure 16
30", $600
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Deble, carved figures whose legs merged into solid cylindrical bases were designed to be used as percussion instruments. Held by their arms, the heavy figures were pounded against the ground to provide a rythmic beat for Senufo dancers.

The condition of this piece makes us doubt that it saw actual tribal use.

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