SENUFO "SEJEN" BIRD FINIAL 3

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

 SENUFO
Sejen Bird Finial 3
17.75" wide x 3.25" high x 7.5" deep 
15.5" high with stand
$500

This Senufo "Sejen" bird staff finial has been vetted by a French dealer as being authentic with significant signs of use and age.

Single, double or triple birds were used in hoe competitions and were displayed on high posts to show the importance of the harvest. The young men, under time pressure, would set up a yam or cotton fields with hoes. The birds on posts were also used as a sign of respect during funerals.

The original staff is lost; the bird is displayed on a metal stand.

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