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Dihunthe Palenfo
Birifor (Tambili, Burkina Faso, 1925 – ) Primary

Khùluor (Staff or Dance Wand)

Likely 1950's
Carved and painted wood with pigment
State: Likely made for the tourist market and not ritually used

28 x 6 in. (71.12 x 15.24 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.48
Other Number(s): 84-18 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Burkina Faso, Southwest of Gaoua, Tambili
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Birifor, Lobi, Burkinabé, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Birifor - Style and culture of the African people of the same name living in Burkina Faso and Ghana.
  • Burkina Faso - Style and culture of the people of Burkina Faso.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Lobi
  • staffs - Long sticks carried in the hand for support in walking.
  • walking sticks - Sticks held in the hand and used for support in walking, especially as a fashionable and often ornamental accessory when taking a walk.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0180883.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0005737.
  • Piet Meyer, Kunst und Religion der Lobi (Zurich, Switzerland: Museum Rietberg, 1981), 151. Figure Number: 202-203

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Art and Life in Africa: Peoples." (Accessed May 11, 2020):
  • Piet Meyer, Kunst und Religion der Lobi (Zurich, Switzerland: Museum Rietberg, 1981), 119-120, 151.
  • Craft Caravan, Inc., Lobi Sculpture: February 11 - April 11, 1980 (New York, New York: Craft Caravan, Inc., 1980),

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