History

In 1984, anthropologists from the University of Münster discovered ancient buerial mounds in the north of Ghana, just south of the border with Burkina-Faso, on the tribal land of the Koma-Bulsa. The discovery would not remain a secret and towards the end of the Eighties, the peasants of the area were searching for and finding small ceramic sculptures, generally of male heads. These sculptures had been bueried in the ground and nobody knew of their origin. Poetically, the peasants called these small 7 to 18 cm sculptures "Kronkronbali", i.e. the children of antan...

The results of thermoluminescence tests indicate that these objects were created between the 13th and the19th centuries. Judging by this time period, they were thus attributed to the ancestors of the modern Koma-Bulsa people, a sub-group of the Mole-Dagbani ethnic group in the north of Ghana.

One can thus consider that the Koma statues are contemporary with the Akan heads also from Ghana and the famous Djenné statues from Mali. Let us recall that the Akan heads have been dated from between the 16th and the 18th centuries, and the Djenné statues from the 9th to the 18th centuries.

It has been only 30 years that the villagers of Komaland have been unearthing these small anthropomorphic or zoomorphic objects whose aesthetic quality has since allured African art experts, specialists in the art market and other treasure hunters, to the detriment of any anthropological study.