About this object

This figure is the male of a male-female pair of Poro spirit figures which may represent primordial founding ancestors that feature in Senufo creation myths. Poro is a complex male initiation association in which all Senufo men are socialized and instructed through a staged series of initiations spread over many years. Spirit figures like this one, along with its female partner, are brought out during initiation rites to reinforce Poro teachings.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    1025 mm x 190 mm x 195 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: Pair of Ancestor Figures (Senufo). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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