Tribal Used Senufo Deblé Figure – Boundiali Region, Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast
Cm. 114,0 high (44.8″). Wooden fwooden figure carved in the form of a woman by the Senufo by the Senufo people and used as a “rhythm pounder” in certain rituals performed to promote the fertility of the soil.
Initiates of the Poro (or Lo) male secret society, performing their fertility dance, held the figures by the upper and pounded their heavy bases on the ground in unison to mark the rhythm. They also placed déblés in the fields during digging contests.
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