This piece remained in the collector's estate until circa 2011, when it was acquired by the present owner. Since that time, it has been held as part of the Tibiwinston, Ltd. Item Number: 22776 Originates from: Baga (Bagga) Tribe, Guinea or Guinea-Bissau Materials/Comments: This hand carved, wooden Senufu Senufo hornbill (bird) ceremonial statue is impressive.This piece was brought into the US in the 1960s by an avid collector of African artifacts. For more information regarding the provenance of this object, please message us. The only similar size example we have been able to find is in the Metropolitan museum in New York City. Message us for more details or additional photos, or to schedule a viewing.
A Senufo bird is a hat worn by men or carried in a procession. Between uses it is kept the Poros secret tree grove. The base is 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 image of a large abstract bird with an equally large beak curved into its own belly.
The wings on either side are rectangular with small squares punctured in them Two smaller versions of the bird stand on each shoulder and the wings a decorated with figures on the backside. The legs are slightly bent, standing on a round pedestal and a smaller animal protrudes as the birds tail. This sculpture is made of dark wood and is sometimes decorated with pigment or mud.
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 long phallic beak touching its swollen belly suggesting pregnancy, represents the dual forces of the male and female components, symbolizing the need for both to ensure the continuity of the whole community.
The image of this bird is taken from the native yellow-casqued hornbill. Which 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. The item "Lot 22775 Fine African Tribal Art, Massive Poro Senofu Hornbill (Sierra Leone)" is in sale since Saturday, November 28, 2015.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "tibiwinston602" and is located in Augusta, Georgia. This item can be shipped to United States.