Djenne Bronze Anthropomorphic Sculpture - PF.5145
Origin: Mali
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 14 th Century AD
Dimensions: 8.375" (21.3cm) high x 4.75" (12.1cm) wide
Collection: African
Style: Djenne
Medium: Bronze
Condition: Very Fine


Strong stocky legs, bent at the knees with the back arched, and large flat feet support the weight of the very long curved head. The figure, who may be a hunter, holds a large curved sword incised with cross-hatching, while carrying a wine skin or flask in his left hand. Over his left shoulder and strapped onto his back is what appears to be a quiver. His elongated face has a plate-like lip, appliqued elliptical eyes and well-formed ears. Around his upper arms and wrists are thick bracelets. These details may indicate the representation of an important hunter/warrior wearing a ritual mask related to hunting. By using opposing curves and arches for balance, the figure achieves the proportions of a true sculpture. - (PF.5145)



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