Bwa female figure, Burkina Faso and Mali
13" tall
wood, pigment
early 20th century
Provenance - Matarengo Gallery, Paris
Ex private French collection


Figures like this were used for protection and also used by
diviners. I especially love the exaggerated shoulder
representation and the highly expressive face on this particular
figure, it's a very haunting expression. I also like the slight
forward movement in the piece when viewed from the side.

The arms have been previously broken and restored.
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