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Bura Bronze Mask - PF.4933
Origin: Burkina Faso/Niger
Circa: 1100 AD to 1600 AD
Dimensions: 5.375" (13.7cm) high
Collection: African
Style: Bura
Medium: Bronze

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With highly refined features this superb mask embodies the best of early bronze work. Eyes are bulbous, ears flared, the delicate mouth is slightly parted, the chin tapers from a wide forehead upon which is a design in the shape of an arrowhead. This is most likely a form of scarification indicative of the period, with the two sides at right angles curved like a twisting snake. The mask was probably worn on the hip as a symbol of honor by a high ranking person. It represents sophisticated bronze work, conveying a strong sense of "personality" and "presence," that says a great deal about the blacksmith's skill. - (PF.4933)

 

 

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