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Africa, Bura/Asinda/Sikka area, present day Niger and Burkina Faso, ca. 600 to 1300 CE. This is a heavy green stone funerary marker decorated with incised designs and a long face with mouth, nose, ears, and an elongated skull that may represent a headdress. Unfortunately, little is known about the culture that lived in this area when this statue was made, because it was only recently discovered and there have been very few scientific excavations. What has been found are large cemeteries with impressive necropoli, which provide evidence that this was a wealthy, complex society. They buried their dead in conical urns, often topped with figures decorated with incised or stamped patterns. Size: 1.75" L x 3.4" W x 12" H (4.4 cm x 8.6 cm x 30.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private Peter Arnovick collection, Los Altos CA.
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