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Komaland Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.1299
Origin: Northern Ghana
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high x 3.5" (8.9cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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In the valleys of northern Ghana, the remains of a mysterious, vanished culture have been emerging from ancient burial mounds. As in many ancient civilizations in both old and new worlds, the burials are accompanied by terra-cotta sculptures that reveal much about the people who created them. The bold expressionism and appreciation for the human form that characterizes these works are unique in the canon of African art. This marvelous figure portrays a kneeling or sitting female with bold facial expression. She stares strait ahead with a sense of determination. The top of the figure's head shows a hollow indentation, which suggests that perhaps this sculpture served both functional and artistic purposes. Moreover, the sculptor of this figure incorporated details such as the necklace and bracelets to enhance the feminine beauty of the figure. Although the figure seems esoteric to us, we certainly appreciate the visual aesthetics and mystery of this wonderful sculpture. - (PF.1299)


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