Ancestor Statue, Bamabara People, Mali

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A wooden statue of a standing male with head turned to the side. The brow a headband, the face with lentoid shaped eyes and a long, pointed nose. A small mouth with curving moustache above. To the back of the head a large bun bound to the centre; to the sides a pair of tresses falling to the body. The chest pushed out and the arms held back. Distended stomach with prominent navel. Belt around hips with small square shaped loin cloth to the front. The legs bent at the knees and feet standing on a small oval base.

Height 74 cm.

Property from a Dutch private collection

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