Old Senufo Armlet – Horned Viper – Korhogo, Cote d’Ivore / Ivory Coast – Rare Item
Mid 20th century. Iron, diameter cm. 9,2 high (3.62″); inner diameter cm. 7,3 width (2.87″). gr. 135,9 (4.79 oz.).
Despite appearances, the bracelet is not decorated with the head of a bovid, but with a horned viper. Piece directly collected in Korhogo.
For a similar example, see “A World of Bracelets”, by Anne Van Cutsem, page 61.
The Senufo people are an ethnolinguistic group of West Africa. They consist of several subgroups that live in a region that crosses the northern Ivory Coast, southeastern Mali and western Burkina Faso. They are predominantly animists, with some who are Muslims. The Senufo people are famous for their handicrafts, many of which feature their cultural themes and religious beliefs.
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