A female Mende sculpture, Sierra Leone, standing on fragmentary feet, slightly swung legs leading to prominent buttocks, a columnar torso with swollen abdomen and tapering breasts, sloping shoulders terminating in short arms slightly bent forward with partly eroded hands and spread fingers, wearing a bracelet around the wrist, notched back line, a ringed neck supporting an oval large head, with fine facial features, a diamond-shaped mouth beneath a small nose framed by almond-shaped eyes with painted blackened pupils and lowered eyelids, incised scarifciation marks on the torso and on the face, capped by a striated backswept coiffure; brown to blackened patina, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks.
Lit.: Burkhard Gottschalk: Kunst aus Schwarz-Afrika vom Gimbala zum Kongostrom, Band 1, Skulpturen der Mende und ihrer Nachbarn, p. 128-159.
800 – 900,- Euro
Height: 76 cm
Weight: 3.4 kg