I have seen these figures from time to time, but I have never been quite sure about them, authenticity-wise, because of their patina. I have seen maybe 10 of these over the years and uniformly they have a very even, non-variegated surface-- which is not generally what one expects to see with old metal-work ( their surfaces are not comparable to say Dan figurines, for example). One auction catalogue I know has examples: Sotheby Parke Bernet PRIMITIVE ART Public auction Sat Apr 22, 1972 features two lots 31 and 32, listed as Bobo bronze figure 10.5 and 13.25 inches respectively. See image:
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "Chris" <congabongoman@...> wrote:
> Gi- Thanks very much for the photos and translation! Even if I could have found that book, which is unlikely, the German would have been lost on me.
> Best regards,
> --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Gi Mateusen <mateusen@> wrote:
> > You will find in attachment 2 pages of the book "Afrikanische Impressionen"
> > by R . Guldrager, Düsseldorf 1980. The text in German says. The bronze
> > pieces are from the Bobo- Fing peaple in Burkino Faso. A lot of wooden masks
> > have a pendant in bronze.Each 5 year there is a big dance ritual. The masks
> > are dancing around these small bronze statues during a hole night to become
> > protection and power for the next 5 years.
> > The other picture is my piece, it's very simular to yours.
> > Kind regards
> > --
> > Gi Mateusen
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