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A Bullom standing female 'Minsereh' figure

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A Bullom standing female 'Minsereh' figure
A standing figure once owned by a female leader or diviner of the Yassi society, showing ample evidence of once being placed in a medicine bowl. The surface exhibits a crusty coating of a reddish substance, particularly on the right side of the head and down the torso. This material has begun to whiten in areas. Underneath this layer, the figure shows the typical shiny, black patina associated with objects from this region of Sierra Leone, West Africa. An elaborate coiffure, scarification on the large forehead and chest, and neck rings are further characteristics of such figures. It has been recently suggested such bulges on the neck refer to larvae and waves and their association with the transitions between life, death, and reincarnation. Measuring 17.50" high, the figure is in good, overall condition but has several checks in the wood (stable) with resulting losses to the backside of the ring base. A rare type of figure dating to the early mid 20th century. Provenance: Stuart Bart, NYC and FL, since the 1950's.


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