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6. Senufo Champion cultivator staff (Tefalipitya),
Cote d’Ivoire, wood, 17" (43 cm)
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6. Senufo Champion cultivator staff (Tefalipitya), Cote d’Ivoire, wood, 17" (43 cm)
  These staffs, which can be many generations old, were given each year (if merited) to the champion cultivator who was a Katylo member currently belonging to the junior age/grade of the Poro society. They represent idealised female beauty with all its grace and seductfulness and fertility, and had the addition of white feathers (symbolizing male courage and achievement) and bead or shell ornaments, such as might be worn by fiances or girlfriends.

Collection of Charlie and Blanche Derby

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