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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Lobi Artist, Burkina Faso

Date

Late nineteenth–early twentieth century

Medium

Wood

Accession #

2004.139

Dimensions

16 5/8 × 5 1/2 × 6 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 410

Description

The deeply weathered surface of this elegant head, with its smooth, round forms and pure, simple lines, suggests it was once kept outdoors in the open air. Carved at the suggestion of a diviner or traditional healer as a remedy for sickness or misfortune, the sculpture represents a protective spirit. It probably once stood on a household or market altar.

Credit

Fred and Rita Richman Collection

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