A "Guardian Bird" from Mali (the Republic of Mali in northwestern Africa), carved of native wood by the Senufo tribespeople, whose arts have been admired by western culture. This type of Guardian Bird is usually said to watch over young initiates to the Poro Organizational Society, a political/religious society that oversees many responsibilities of the Senufo tribespeople. Statuettes of this size are sometimes worn on the head during dance rituals.
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