An extraordinary female Dan sculpture, unshapely, strongly subdivided legs, decorated with little masks, the hands rest beside the protruding navel, above the navel another mask and two on the back, thin tapering breasts, rounded shoulders, around the neck a string with an animal tooth-like object, on the face a mask with a big partly opened mouth, a broad nose, narrow coffee bean eyes and scarifications on the forehead, the coiffure is finely carved in several braids; the legs below the knees missing by massive insect damage, also on the neck and head, a beautiful brown patina, signs of age and use.
Lit.: MetMuseum Dan Female Figure; Eberhard Fischer and Hans Himmelheber: The Arts of the Dan in West Africa, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 1984; Eberhard Fischer: Dan Artists: The Sculptors Tame, Si, Tompieme and Sõn- Their Personalities and Work, Zurich, 2014; MetMuseum Dan Female Figure; Burkhard Gottschalk: Kunst aus Schwarz-Afrika. Zeugnisse der Meisterschaft afrikanischer Schnitzer aus privaten Sammlungen. Band 2, Düsseldorf 2007.
800 – 900,- Euro
Height: 58 cm
Weight: 2,2 kg (incl. stand)