609 - Large flat male head

Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso

This is a male figure who seems a little astonished. The eyes are round, and wide open as if surprised. The mouth is half-open, giving the man a disillusioned and absent feel. The piece is fractured at the neck and is probably the top to an amphora, the reliquary receptacle having undoubtedly contained the remainders of the deceased. The flat, racket shaped head is carved with many scarifications on the neck, the face and the cheeks.

H. 24 cm x L. 13 cm x P. 7 cm
Dating: 3-11th century

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