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A Pair of Male and Female Rhythm Pounders (Tombibele)

19th century - 20th century
Wood with traces of paint

53 1/8 in. x 47 1/2 in. (134.9 cm x 120.65 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.45.a-b
37 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Mali
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Senufo, Malian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
Pairs of rhythm pounders traditionally are the property of Senufo male initiation societies (Poro), and are removed from a society's sacred grove to aid in teaching and rituals. The objects are used during processions of initiates or during burial rituals, when they are swung rhythmically from side to side to call ancestral spirits to the rites.

The gendered figures represent the primordial couple: Katyleo is the ancestral mother figure, who has protective and magical powers as life-giver and nurturer, and Maleo is the male counterpart. With their relaxed stance, both muscular figures convey a sense of balance, symmetry, and serenity. The verticality of the sculpted pieces suggests their connection to both the earthly and spiritual realms.

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