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Komaland Sculpture of a Head - PF.4618
Origin: Northern Ghana
Circa: 1200 AD to 1600 AD
Dimensions: 4.125" (10.5cm) high x 1.625" (4.1cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Komaland
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Komaland is located south of Burkina Faso border in Northern Ghana, in the valleys between Sisili and the Kulpawan rivers. The people of Komaland are mainly farmers, growing corn, millet, onions, tomatoes, and various types of nuts. Until 1985 very little was known about this mysterious culture. The previous 20 years farmers have found terracottas in the ground, but knew nothing of their history. Their value was soon recognized by scholars. In March and April of 1985 a permit was issued to excavate the Komaland site. Since then more information about this unique culture has filtered out.

This conical shaped object is a burial mound marker. It's intriguing design allows it to be easily pushed into the ground, leaving about an inch exposed. The face is intended to be above the surface, facing directly towards the burial mound. The expression is very sweet with its tiny ears and protruding chin, which gives it an adorable pout. The eyes are very large and fashioned in an almond shape. They are constantly alert, dutifully watching over the dead. If this figure was intended for protection it must have performed its job admirably- always vigilant and impassive with its large unblinking eyes scanning the horizon. This mysterious figure would be a focal point in any collection; a delight to see and a pleasure to hold.
- (PF.4618)


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