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Lot 0081D
Western Africa, Burkina Faso, Bamana/Turka peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A lovely anthropomorphic representation of a standing male, hand-carved from a single piece of dark-brown wood. The figure's delineated arms and legs give its body a more-naturalistic appearance, with rounded shoulders, a tubular torso, and thick neck. The ovoid head, however, is noticeably zoomorphic, almost simian in form, with a coffee-bean-shaped eyes, semicircular ears, a petite mouth, ritual scarification marks across its cheeks and brow line, and a crested, crosshatch-patterned coiffure. The figure's inquisitive, trance-like expression is brought forth by its slightly-tilted head, perhaps pondering the occurrences of the spiritual realm. With finely-modeled features and a lustrous brown patina enveloping all surfaces, this is a wonderful figural example from Burkina Faso! Custom wooden display stand included. Size: 13" H (33 cm); 15.875" H (40.3 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Mildred Wiley collection, Englewood, New Jersey, USA

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#131273

Condition

Age-commensurate surface wear and weathering, small nicks to limbs, body, mouth, and head, and minor inactive insectile damage, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits as well as brown patina throughout.

Starting Bid

$200.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Early 20th C. African Bamana Turka Wooden Male Figure

Estimate $400 - $600Mar 1, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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