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Komaland Burial Marker - PF.4619
Origin: Northern Ghana
Circa: 1200 AD to 1600 AD
Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Collection: African
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. During previous twenty years, farmers found terracotta figures in the ground, but knew nothing of their history. However, their cultural and historical 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 fascinating object is a burial marker. Its conical shaped end is specifically designed to be pushed into the ground, leaving the upper portion exposed. This permits the face to be visible, intentionally directed towards the mound. This particular object is very pleasing to hold due to its perfectly balanced weight distribution. The large eyes are especially appealing, staring out as if beyond the world, watching over and protecting the dead. The nose is strong and regal and the protruding lips have a warrior's bearing, which contributes to the sense that he is a protector. An object so intriguing as this terracotta will be a proud part of any collection--a joy to see and a pleasure to hold.
- (PF.4619)


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