Senufo Artist, Ivory Coast
11 3/8 × 3 1/4 × 2 1/2 inches (28.9 cm × 8.3 cm × 6.4 cm)
Fred and Rita Richman Collection
On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 102
As intercessors to the spirit world, Senufo diviners use sculptures like this one to secure ancestral blessings. The beauty of these sculptures reflects the stature and prestige of diviners and their clients. This figure’s upright posture communicates a sense of dignified authority and its clearly articulated forms have a commanding presence. Repeated applications of palm oil make its surface glisten.