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July 31, 2016 : SALE CLOSED
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In contrast to the more representational style of terracotta sculptures created by their neighbors, ancient Bura terracottas from Niger like this absolutely stunning, complete funerary urn are distinguished by a preference for abstraction and simplification. Symbolically connected to an ancestor, Bura heads are rendered with just enough physiognomic information to indicate a human image. Bura artists seemed to have derived great pleasure in achieving an identity while offering the least amount of stylistic clues. Unlike the ancient Nok terracottas found at numerous sites in Nigeria but sharing a common style, the Bura terracottas come from a single site in Niger but display an astonishing stylistic variety. Pottery found in Bura habitation sites was made from the same type of clay and was similarly ornamented as funerary pottery, which suggests that both types were made by the same Bura potters. Since the production of pottery in the central Sudan is usually the domain of women, Bura terracottas like this rare, complete urn were probably made by female artists. Few examples of complete Bura urns like this were ever brought from Africa; only the heads were typically expoerted.
|Lot ID: 75|
|Low Estimate: $12,000|
|High Estimate: $24,000|
|Next Bid: $6,500|
|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: terracotta clay|
|Dimensions: 18.5'' (46.99 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Other|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Ancient terracotta|
|Published/Archived: “Ancient and Antique African Sculpture” Spring, 2008, (p 24, plate 48), Archived in the National Museum (Smithsonian Institution Libraries) Archive No. #NB1080.5 .C38 2008, Stanford University Libraries (CA), and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO)|
|Provenance: Age: 300-1200 AD (900 years per lab analysis +/- 20%, included with the piece)|
Published/Archived: “Ancient and Antique African Sculpture” Spring, 2008, (p 24, plate 48), Archived in the National Museum (Smithsonian Institution Libraries) Archive No. #NB1080.5 .C38 2008, Stanford University Libraries (CA), and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO)
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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