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|Bwa or Dagara Peoples, Burkina Faso|
1743-1831 AD (TL Test included) Statues of the type from which this head comes are kept hidden in secret, powerful Bwa shrines. From what little information exists, these shrines are believed to incorporate a large complex of seated figures all molded into a single sculpture, which cannot be moved without destroying it. These human Bwa sculptures are placed within shrines that embody the protective spirits of the bush. The shrines are presided over by a diviner, who makes use of the supernatural power of these bush spirits for the benefits of his clan.
This piece is one of five heads of similar size, all of which were purchased from the same Bwa elder in western Burkina Faso in 2006, and all of which reportedly came from the same shrine. One of these five pieces was thermoluminescence tested by Laboratory Ralf Kotalla (Germany), and found to be authentic, having been fired (created) between 1743 and 1831 A.D.
These pieces are exceedingly rare, and in addition to being some of the very few examples ever even collected or documented, they are also the oldest known examples of their type. 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.
|Lot ID: 6|
|Low Estimate: $5,500|
|High Estimate: $9,500|
|Next Bid: $2,750|
|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, cowry shells|
|Dimensions: 7.5'' (19.05 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Burkina Faso|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Daniela Bognolo, “Lobi: Visions of Africa,” 2007., 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".|
|Provenance: Ex. Private American Collection, acquired from local dealer in Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso in late 1990s|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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