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Staff for a Champion Cultivator

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Staff for a Champion Cultivator


Artist Nationality
Senufo (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
carved wood and yarn

46 7/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 3 3/16 in (118 cm x 8 cm x 8.1 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Douglas C. Kelley

Label copy
This staff honors the champion cultivator who suffers for the sake of the community. Throughout the cultivating season, staff bearers walk behind the young competitors who hoe from dawn till dusk to the sound of music and to promises of a beautiful bride through a marriage arranged by the community elders.

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