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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