This statue was carved in the style of the Mossi people of Burking Faso. The statue features a male hunter figure with his catch over his shoulder and knife in hand. It measures 25 inches tall including the custom stand and weighs 6 pounds. There are some deep cracks on the right arm and other cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Mossi Hunter Figure 25″ on Base – Burking Faso – African Art
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24" figure | 25" including base
Cracks on right arm. Some cracking and wear and tear throughout.
About the Mossi People
“The various tribes living in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper-Volta), Ghana and Togo cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the northern savannah regions. Their religious activities are dictated by the rhythm of the seasons – during the dry season in particular, when the fields are fallow, large festivals and ceremonies are organized.
The first Mossi empire was founded during the 15thcentury by invaders from northern Ghana. Today, the Mossi are the largest tribe living in Burkina Faso. They number 2,000,000 and are the only tribe discussed in this chapter who have a centralized governing body, in addition to clans and professional corporations led by elders known as Zaksoba.
Mossi sculptors are famous for their polychrome masks which are worn during funeral ceremonies and to guard crop. These masks – which have a totemic role – are stored carefully when not worn and are given libations in exchange for help in everyday Mossi life.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.