Made in Cameroonian grasslands using the traditional decorative technique of multicoloured glass beads, this head is most likely an effigy. Meticulously applied to a terracotta surface, the beads accentuate the features with strongly contrasting colours. In West African art, the artistic current of which these sculptures are part, is named after the ancient religious capital of Nigeria, Ife, one of the many city-states established by the Yoruba. This civilisation succeeded the Nok Civilisation. This city-state of Ile-Ife, whose rise culminated from the 12th to 15th centuries, had an artistic tradition of portraits imbued with realism, funerary effigies in bronze and also in terracotta. This sculpture is being sold as modern day.
The sculpture is in excellent condition and any discrepancy in the surface of the glass beads is considered part of the object's history.
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