This statue was created in the style of the Bassa people of Liberia. The statue features a female figure in a seated position. She is wearing a beaded necklace and a fabric garment around her waist. The statue measures 31.5 inches tall and weighs 15.5 pounds. There is some damage to the bottom lip, repairs to the upper lip and right ear. Some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please see photos.
Gorgeous Female Bassa Statue 31.5″ – Liberia – African Art
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Wood, pigment, fabric, metal earring, beads and cowrie shells
Repairs to lip and ear. Cracking and wear and tear throughout
About the Bassa People
“Bassa territory lies in the middle of present day Liberia. Their economy is based on rice which they cultivate around small villages which have a population of around two hundred. Bassa artistic tradition has been influenced by their north-eastern neighbours, the Dan, who live on the Ivory Coast.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.
About the Dan People
The Dan are known for their superb woodwork. Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical worlds.
Read more about the Dan here.