Lot 114
Provenance: Galerie Delta, The Heritage of a Passionate Collector
Een Senufo vogel


In the initiation ceremonies of the Poro of Sierra Leone, a Senufo bird is a hat worn by men or carried in a procession. The base is often hollowed out underneath so that it may fit like a cap on the head of the wearer. However, many of the birds stand on cylindrical bases that seem to be designed to rest upon the ground. The base of this example is missing.

According to Senufo belief, the hornbill, along with the tortoise, the crocodile, the chameleon, and the serpent was one of the first living creatures. The image of this bird is taken from the native yellow-casqued hornbill. The Senufo believe is the master of all arrogant birds and associated with intellectual power, significant of the knowledge the elders hope to impart on the young initiates. Made out of wood and metal.

18x49,5 cm.

€ 1.000,00
€ 1.200,00