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Hornbill Figure – Wood – Sejen – Senufo – Ivory Coast


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SKU: 25.118 Category: Tags: , , ,
Object: Hornbill Figure
Indigenous object name: Sejen
Ethnic group/ culture: Senufo
Region/ country: Ivory Coast
Material: Wood
Period: 2nd half 20th century
Condition: Good
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 45×19×17 cm
Weight: 1700 g
Beautiful Hornbill figure from the Senufo tribe of Ivory Coast.
Hornbill figures, called Sejen or Porpianong, were used by the Lo and Poro societies. A symbol of fertility and the original ancestor cult, the hornbill was the mythological founder of the Senufo people. The figures were originally worn on the head during long dances and processions. The Sejen, hermaphrodictic, represent procreation, with their long hooked beaks touching their protruding stomachs that they have fertilized, therefore being the carrier of life and a symbol of continuity to future generations.Hornbills are noble birds; they mate for life, they share equally in the raising of their young who they protect by spreading their wings. They are depicted in their erect, protective stance.

The variety of size, style, skill and surface finish reflects the range of the more than a million Senufo peoples living in the Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.



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