611 - Large female head

Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso

This is undoubtedly the head of a female subject, judging by the long locks depicted in the hairstyle which undulate on the face and over the eyes, although a vertical line on the chin could suggest a thin beard. The lips are pouting and it seems as if the subject is not entirely there... With its attitude of serenity, the character depicts death as a long sleep, with its slight sardonic smile, a disillusioned nobody.

H. 24 cm x L. 12 cm x P. 5 cm
Dating: 3-11th century

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