"Sénoufo Maternity, Ivory Coast Early Twentieth"Sénoufo theology is based on the belief in Koulotiolo, mighty god and Katielo, mother goddess (the "old mother"). "Maternities" are avatars of Katielo. These sculptures were used as divinatory material in the societies of initiation of women, the Tyekpa. They were used with a number of objects (still little known) but all relating to fertility.
Sitting maternity statues are called "Nong". they are still breastfeeding from the left breast. The child, most often the body barely sketched. There is no exchange of glance, with rare exceptions. Sometimes the child is so dehumanized that he has an animal aspect. The attitude is conventional: sitting on a stool, shoulders slightly thrown back to highlight the offering of the nourishing breast. The wood is very oxidized, the black patina shining due to handling has multiple nuances.
Shocks, wear, crack on the right side of the torso. A side mat of the headdress is missing. Shocks and small gaps in the child. Ends of feet missing. These elements place the sculpture in the early 20th century.