Door Panel, Secret Society ShrineArtist(s)SenufoArtist NationalitySenufo (culture or style)Object Creation Date1800-1971Medium & Supportcarved wood and metalDimensions
51 1/2 in x 27 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in (130.8 cm x 69.8 cm x 3.2 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. BurtonLabel copy
Such decorated doors are found in the northern region of Senufoland. Doors are emblems of social status and prestige. They are used for the houses of important people and sacred architecture associated with a powerful secret society called Poro. The chameleon, tortoise, python, hornbill, and crocodile are cited in Senufo myths about the primordial world. Some symbolize fertility. The equestrian figure is an emblem of a diviner. The disk and cross-hatchings denote the sun and crop fields.Primary Object ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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