Tusyan divination figure (Three quarters view)
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Item : Tusyan divination figure, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 17 Kbytes)


This figure was used by the diviner to consult the spirits, both ancestral and supernatural, and to bring fertility and prosperity. This female sculpture represents a standing figure, the legs anchored on a cylindrical ringed base. The elongated torso has a generous breast, the arms are held open and the hands lie on the hips. The round shoulders are supporting a head wearing an expression of serenity and gracious features, the eyes are in the form of coffee grains, the small open mouth indicated by a simple oval with patina. The coiffure which crowns the statuette is in the form of a shell with parallel and regular linear striations.

The thick aged patina of this object demonstrates clearly its great age and its ritual use by many generations.
18th / 19th century.

Object #2482

Origin :

Burkina Faso (Orodara area, southwestern Burkina Faso)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Tusyan

Material :

Wood with a very old crusty patina and granitic surface with gray tonality

Size :

H = 9.2 inches

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