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Senufo Wooden Sculpture of a Woman - PF.5740
Origin: Ivory Coast
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 20" (50.8cm) high x 4.5" (11.4cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Senufo
Medium: Wood


Additional Information: Hong Kong
£9,000.00
Location: Great Britain
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Description
There is a potent, mysterious aura that radiates from this sculpture. The woman stands with her hands placed at her sides. Probably the most interesting feature is the cap she crescent- shaped wears. A large object in the form of a stylized bird’s head projects from the front of her forehead. This unusual element echoes the bridge of her nose when seen from the front. Three rings with dangling vertical rods appear on the sides and back of her head. Coupled with her intense, hypnotic eyes and mouth, these features all contribute to this figure’s spiritual powers. Metal nails have been driven into the wood, decorating the crest of her cap and representing her nipples and navel. Decorative scarifications, considered marks of beauty, are visible around her navel, on her shoulders, and her forearms. The shape of her rounded kneecaps seems to imitate the circular head of the nails. Perhaps this sculpture represents a bush spirit. Surely, this figure represent a powerful spirit, for we can still feel the mysterious magic contained within the wood today. - (PF.5740)

 

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