This figure is a Ninande Burkina Faso Mosi.
Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa. It is dating from ca. early 20th century CE. This figure is representing a deceased chief who stands on slightly bent legs with his hands on his hips upon an integral base. This figure is entirely carved from one single piece of wood.
It presents traits which are very characteristic of Mossi sculpture. Including its long torso, fan-shaped narrow head, and narrow face with abstract features. It makes you think of the faces painted by modernist Modigliani. This is, of course, no wonder since African art was one of his influencers.
This figure was probably created for use in village ceremonies honoring the chief. Regardless of size, function, sex, or material, all Mossi figures, except for dolls, are called ninande (ninana – plural). Which literally translates to “modeled figure”.
Nevertheless, this finely modelled figure can be a lovely addition to your collection. It is wonderful statue and could function very well as an lovely piece of interior decoration.
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This is a superb example with nice patina. Size: 3.25″ L x 2.5″ W x 11.25″ H (8.3 cm x 6.4 cm x 28.6 cm)
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