The hornbill is the mythological founder of the Senufo people of Africa's Ivory Coast. Mating for life and sharing the responsibilities of raising their young, the hornbill spreads it’s wings as a protective measure. This is often how they are depicted in carved form. The statues are used in initiation, as trophies for productive farmers and as fertility symbols. This large, dramatic hand carved piece is visually arresting, not just for it’s scale, but also the color palate and the delightful carved and painted geometric patterns. It was acquired directly from the estate of a well traveled collector of ethnographic and oceanic art.
African Carved Hornbill Statue from Ivory Coast