Senufu Porpianong Queens Throne
Senufu culture queens throne with a Porpianong (hornbill bird) standing atop the crowned queens head. The queen is portrayed nursing her twins while seated on her throne. She’s adorned with a necklace and head ornament of a second hornbill bird. The larger bird is detailed with snakes and crocodiles.
The hornbill is supported by her left hand while the right hand supports one of two twins seated on each knee and perched on the stool / throne. These enormous birds, (up to 4' tall) called Setian or Porpianong, are considered the mythological founder of the Senufu people. When carved to represent procreation, their long hooked beaks are shown touching their protruding fertilized stomachs. Thus being the carrier of life and a symbol of continuity to future generations. Hornbills are a noble bird, mate for life and share equally in the raising of their young, whom they protect by spreading their wings.
Ivory coast, Africa, early 20th century, 62" tall, 10" wide by 12" deep.