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Bassa Sculpture of a Dog with Two Human Heads - PF.5365a
Origin: Central Liberia
Circa: 19th th Century AD to 20th th Century AD
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high x 27.5" (69.9cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood


Location: United States
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Description
With a canine body and a human face on each end, this sculpture presents an unusual artistic creation. The identical heads have sharply pointed chins, puckered open mouths, well- formed noses, a band of vertical checkerboard scarification on the forehead, and a hairdo of seven striated segments. In the middle of the body, on both sides, are small human faces, like masks, similar in form to the heads at either end of the body. Decoration, or a form of scarification, is seen running along the back in the form of two bands of striated lines at acute angles. It is possible that this object was used as a circumcision stool, though the precise nature of the iconography is unknown. - (PF.5365a)

 

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