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In the widespread villages of the Senufo, a female association called Sandogo promotes women's knowledge of healing, divination, and social order. Sculptures such as this one were featured in funeral rites and other ceremonies that promoted social cohesion. This figure, carried in funerary...

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1905, said to have been received as a gift in Tunisia by an American physician; until about 1993, by descent to his granddaughter; about 1993, sold by the granddaughter to Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 51-5993); September 19, 1994, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

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


53.34 cm (21 in.)

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Africa and Oceania