Bankoni Statuette - African art

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Bankoni Statuette (N° 11175)

Less famous in African art than the terracotta Djenne, this piece comes directly from a field of excavation of the region of Bankoni, area between Bamako and Ségou in Mali, and which gives its name to the play.

It is a seated figure with minimalist shapes, whose lower limbs have feet like oversized palms. The arms are truncated on both sides of a chest. Under the face a small protuberance could be a beard. The sketchy face has enormous ears, a recurring feature in African sculpture, related to the perception of the spiritual world. A ridge sketch emphasizes his skull. What could have been a penis is absent today. The piece, which was probably modeled with no tools other than the fingers, has undergone archaeological repairs. The whole is covered with an orange patina, attesting to a stay in the ground. Terracotta sold without a thermoluminescence test.  

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OriginEx. collection belge
Height cm26
Width14 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingn/a

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