SENUFO PORPIANONG BIRD FIGURE
The Senufo people live in West Africa. Experts estimate their population at over 2,500,000, all sharing a common language and culture. The Senufo live in a region that encompasses parts of the nation-states of Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast), and Mali. Hornbill figures, called Setien or Porpianong, were used by the Lo and Poro societies. This harvest bird figure is a symbol of fertility and the original ancestor cult, the hornbill was the mythological founder of the Senufo people. The figures were originally in the form of a head ornament and worn during long dances and processions. Dating from the mid 20th century, this example measures 74" tall x 28" wide x 19".