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Africa, Guinea, Baga, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A tall standing female figure, carved from a beige-hued lightweight wood, likely representative of an ancestor. She has broad feet and attenuated limbs, a pleated skirt with incised vertical lines, twin segmented chest straps wrapped around rounded shoulders, and a layered neck. A small fetish charm hangs around her waist and one hand, comprised of a small shell, a metal key, and an oxidized nail bound together by thin leather strands, and is held in place by a twisted piece of string with several white adornment beads. The head, oversized in comparison to the rest of the body, has a petite mouth, triangular nose, semicircular ears, and large circular eyes; the brow line and one facial stripe are colored in chalky white kaolin, while the top of the head is shown in natural beige. A great example from the Baga culture of Guinea! Comes with custom display stand. Size: 16.375" H (41.6 cm); 17.25" H (43.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: ex-Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired before 1970

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Condition

Age-commensurate surface wear, a couple of lengthy but stable hairline fissures, and some fading to surface pigmentation. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

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20th C. African Baga Carved Wooden Female Figure

Estimate $500 - $700Dec 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA