Stone Effigy
Sherbro, Sierra Leone
16th Century ~
Previous Collection: William Siegmann former curator of African Arts at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

This is an extremely elegant and classic example of a Sherbro stone effigy. The face is rendered in traditional Afro-Portuguese style and the body is finely conceived as well. It is unusual to see such detail in the back portion on these figures. This figure's spine is delineated as well as the shoulder blades. The arms are in fact broken off but from generations of handling the breaks have developed a smooth surface. These stone figures come in numerous colors, shades and patinas; this example has a warm yet soft look to the stone that is quite appealing.

This figure stands 7 inches tall.
IN 7-10-12/ SOLD