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Ritual pounder (dal)

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This female deble figure is utilized in Poro society initiations and in the memorial ceremonies conducted long after actual burial that initiate the soul of the dead into the society of the ancestors. Poro society members carry it by its arms while rhythmically beating the ground with its base...

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By 1963, Henri and Hélène Kamer (later Hélène Leloup), New York [see note 1]. Private American collection. December 1, 1994, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 54-0770) to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996) NOTES: [1] They lent it to the exhibition "Senufo Sculpture from West Africa" (Museum of Primitive Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art, 1963), cat. 57A.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Senufo peoples, Cote d'Ivoire, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Cote d'Ivoire


88.9 cm (35 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, shell


Africa and Oceania