Champion Cultivator Staff card

Champion Cultivator Staff

1966.218.7

On display

Every year some Senufo farmer groups still hold competitions in the yam fields and honour the champion cultivators of each age grade with special staffs like this one. The young, pregnant woman on this staff is a symbol of abundance and fertility. In making his case to purchase this staff, Hutchings emphasized that it had “artistic interest”, as well as being “documented ethnologically”.