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Bura Terracotta Sculpture of a Head - PF.5564
Origin: Burkina Faso/Niger
Circa: 3 rd Century AD to 11 th Century AD
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 4.5" (11.4cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Terracotta

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Location: United States
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Terracotta sculptures such as this were found in ancient grave complexes. Who can imagine what this head was used for? Perhaps it represents a deceased ancestor, perhaps a guide for the afterlife or even a god. While its function remains mysterious, one can still appreciate the artistic simplicity of the execution. Only the essential forms are depicted to convey a human representation. The eyes and mouth are portrayed by deeply carved grooves. The same technique is utilized for the decorative scarification on the forehead and temples. The nose is a gentle arch protruding from the flattened balloon-shaped contour of the head. His hair is intricately braided into a series of rows, a hairstyle still popular today. This head is a deceptive masterpiece of simplicity. While the form is raw and austere, the representation is clear and precise. - (PF.5564)

 

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