About this object

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”.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Staff
  • Culture
    Senufo
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    1173 mm x 70 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: Carved Staff (Senufo). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Gallery label: Every year Senufo farmer groups still hold competitions in the yam fields and honour the champion cultivators of each age grade with special staffs. The young, pregnant woman on this staff is a symbol of abundance and fertility.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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