Antique African Wooden Senufo Bird - Small
6.5"W x 6"D x 20"H - Africa - Wood
The Met tells us that these carved trasures are from the ivory coast ot what is now known as Coitre, the Senufo bird figures refer to both the physical and intellectual aspects of life, which together assure the continuation of the community. The long, phallic beak touching the swollen belly suggestive of pregnancy alludes to the dual forces of male and female procreation. In some Senufo villages, the bird sculptures are kept in the sacred grove of Poro, where they stand guard protecting the members.