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Auction Closes At: 11:08:00 06/07/2010
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 008. Large Senufo Porpianong Figure
Estimate: $20,000-$25,000
Current High Bid: $0.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $0.00

Category: African
Sub Category: West Africa
Culture or Country: Poro Society, Ivory Coast.
Period: --
Size: 56-3/4H.

Description: A very large, carved wood effigy in the form of a hornbill, which is sacred to the Poro Society as the first bird to give itself to humankind for food, thus sustaining life. The hornbill also mates for life and the male nurtures the female while she tends to the offspring. It is one of the five primordial creatures created by God and represents the Senufo ideal of nurturing as the Senufo do with young men through their initiation ceremonies. This was worn atop the head in Poro Society processions. Red, blue and white pigment over light colored, medium weight wood. The stylistically carved bird has a large belly, long, downcurved beak with relief, bulging eyes, squared wings and feet upon the integral domed helmet. Some paint loss, a few chips, else exc. cond. Included is a lucite laminated poster sign from the exhibition with image of this piece and information about the Poro Society.
Provenance: Private Long Island collection, acquired from Mort Lipkin, NYC, 1985. Exhibited at the Heard Museum in the exhibition Animal, Bird and Myth- April 12- October 13th, 1985. Catalogue illustration # 5 on page 7.
Shipping Fee:
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International: $450.00 (This is approximate and for Postal Service. Prices may vary, especially for private carriers such as: FEDEX, UPS and BAX).

Large Senufo Porpianong Figure

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. UNSOLD LOT $0.00 1 6/8/2010 11:38:03 AM

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