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. A wooden figure representing a deceased chief who stands on slightly bent legs with his hands on his hips upon an integral base. Entirely carved from one single piece of wood.
The figure presents traits very characteristic of Mossi sculpture, including its long torso, fan shaped narrow head, and narrow face with abstract features. It is of the type which brings the visages of modernist Modigliani’s creations. African art was one of his influencers.
This figure was likely created for use in village ceremonies honoring the chief. Regardless of size, function, sex, or material, all Mossi figures, with the exception of 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. Also as an interior decoration item well suited.
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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)