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Figure in the form of a hornbill (porpianong)

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This large sculpture was borne aloft as an emblem of Poro society leadership during initiation rites. Sometimes called "the mother of Poro children," it represents the hornbill, a bird that mates for life, one of the five Senufo primordial animals. The bold juxtaposition of shapes-flat...

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J. J. Klejman (b. 1906 – d. 1995; dealer), New York. Private American collection. December 8, 1989, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 52-11952) to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Senufo peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 20th century


160 cm (63 in.)

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Wood, metal and pigment


Africa and Oceania