204 - Funerary head from the Anyi Kingdom of Krinjabo

Ivory Coast

This is a typical head of this statuary, which rejects the balance and harmony which we find in the Ashanti or Akan pieces, representing the subject in a more realistic, even caricatural manner. We are dealing with a man here, a chief covered with a kind of wafer or a crown. Its ears are oversized. Often, and it is the case for this piece, the ears ensured the "pulling" necessary to fire the piece. The eyes are closed, somewhat globular, the nose is hooked, the mouth is soft and barely open, and the chin is reduced, almost non-existent.

We certainly do not have a prize winning beauty contestant here, but the expression is strong, forceful and impressive.

H. 21 cm
Dating: 18th century

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