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|Mossi Tribe, Burkina Faso, 1920 -1940|
For the Mossi, the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso, slingshots such as this example,are highly valued and rare. It is an extraordinary sculpted work, illustrative of an abstract impressionist sculpture, with a stance that conveys female power and a structure that is strong enough to fulfill its function as a slingshot handle. The Mossi Tribe has an extraordinary, rich artst history. Like their countrymen the Bwa, members of the Mossi Tribe are also renowned for their highly stylized zoomorphic masks that make the untamed spirits of the bush come alive and bring protection to their villages. The animal spirits often invoked include crocodiles, buffalo, hyenas, monkeys, rams, and gazelles, and often, elements of many different animals will be incorporated in one mask. They also carve figurative objects with human qualities, including stools, heddle pulleys, and an occasional figure.
|Lot ID: 9|
|Low Estimate: $1,200|
|High Estimate: $3,200|
|Next Bid: $1,000|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain|
|Dimensions: 8.75" (22.22cm) height x 3.5" (8.89 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Burkina Faso|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Other|
|Tom Phillips, “Africa: The Art of a Continent,” 1999, Monica Visona, “A History of Art In Africa,” 2001; C. Roy," Land of the Flying Masks". Photo source: A rare photograph from the interior of one of these shrines belonging to a southern Bwa elder is included; photograph by Klaus Paysan, March 1968.|
|Provenance: Ex. Alex Arthur, Belgium, Ex. Private European Collection|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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