Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : African & Tribal Art : Masterpieces of African Art : Basalt Anthropomorphic Figure
Click to view original image.
Basalt Anthropomorphic Figure - SP.598 (LSO)
Circa: 1200 AD to 1400 AD
Dimensions: 11.5" (29.2cm) high
Collection: African Art
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
Purchase
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Description
This enigmatic monolithic sculpture of a reductivist human form has been connected to the Djenne people, part of the mediaeval Mali Empire. It is very simple yet well proportioned, with a columnar, swelling body giving the impression of corpulence. The eyes are simple round eminences, the nose comparatively elongated and broad. There is no obvious mouth.

This remarkable object may well be a Djenne piece, but bears characteristics that are more usually found in Ekoi monoliths, in the Niger River Delta. The lack of detail makes an exact attribution uncertain. Ekoi pieces are of considerable antiquity and are usually buried up to the “neck”, and regularly libated. Their original significance is unknown, as the oldest examples are about 1800 years old, but they were more recently considered to be representatives of ancestors who could be appealed to in times of need.

This reductive masterwork is a unique and imposing piece of ancient sculpture that would look equally at home in a collection or sophisticated domestic setting.

- (SP.598 (LSO))

 

Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2019 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved

contact-form@barakatgallery.com - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting