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Exquisite Fulani young women ebony carved sculpture, Guinea, 1960s

Exquisite Fulani young women ebony carved sculpture, Guinea, 1960s


Absolutely stunning Guinean hand-carved ebony wood bust of a Fulani woman made during Mid-Century. The Fulani are a West African nomadic ethnic group. The ebony wooden carving details the intricate plaiting representing the traditional amazing hairstyles of the West African Fulani woman. The details of this hairstyle are depicted in vintage pictures. This is a rare and beautiful work of art through which the craftsman represents the beauty of the female form with the exceptional use of the chisel. President John F. Kennedy received in 1961 a similar bust of a Fulani woman from the Minister of the State for the Republic of Mali, a sculpture that is currently at JFK Library. The well-studied proportions, the attention paid to the smallest details, the overall artistic quality of the composition, and even the aged cracks present in the wood structure are as many signs of authenticity that make the difference between this decorative work of art and those made today.

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26 x 10 x 7 cm


1060 g



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