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This female rhythm pounder was principally used during funerals. As the corpse was carried to the burial ground, elders would pound on the ground with the figures, ritually purifying the pathway for the deceased and calling ancestral spirits. Rhythm pounders are owned by a small subgroup of artisans, the Celibele, who make a living as rope makers and tanners.

Culture and Traditions

The Senufo people live in West Africa. Senufo people, also known as Siena, Senefo, Sene, Senoufo, and Syénambélé, are a West African ethnolinguistic group. The Senufo speak about nine major dialects within Senari, their common language, dividing the people into different language groups.

Donation Details

Michael Wasserman donated in the year 2002.


The Appraised Amount is $30,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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