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Tenenkun Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Captive - PF.3526
Origin: Central Mali
Circa: 1200 AD to 1400 AD
Dimensions: 13" (33.0cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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This is a depiction of a male nude posed kneeling with arms bound behind him at the wrists. Surely a captive of war, he sits subjugated but not robbed of his strength or spirit. We are witness to the tension and vitality evident in his taut body, his hands clenched into fists, and while we no longer have the head and its position to offer facial expression, the body speaks volumes. Its expressive body, however, helps us to envision the face of the captive, to use our creative imagination. Perhaps the expression was of pain or of submission or of undying pride of a warrior. Although the exact information has been lost, the earthy figure hints us of the history and art works of ancient Mali. - (PF.3526)

 

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