Vintage Senufo Primordial Couple, Ivory Coast


Senufo Primordial Couple Sculpture, Ivory Coast. Vintage. Superb hand-carved works of art, this amazing couple is offered to grace your collection. These sculptures were an important prop in both commemorative ancestral rites and in initiations of adolescents to adult society; it was also a benevolent symbol of fertility and a conduit to the departed.
Pairs are thought to represent the primordial couple, referred to as 'Pombibele', which means "those who gave birth". A Poro society may possess one or more single figures that were initially commissioned as a result of a member's visionary encounter with spirits in dreams or while alone in the fields. 26.5" x 7" x 5"