AFRICA BASSA (BASA) ANTIQUE JANUS WOOD STATUE TRIBAL ART

AFRICA BASSA (BASA) ANTIQUE  JANUS WOOD STATUE TRIBAL ART Type of Object: Bassa Tribe Carving, statue Ethnic Group: Bassa Country of Origin: Liberia Africa Materials: Wood, metal eyes Approximate Age: Mid to early 20th century Overall Condition: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Our Great Bassa Statue has wonderful Male and Female figures. Statue shows it's age and field use. There is wood loss, old insect penetration, holes, cracks, etc. The male figures hand is missing. The base has some repair and old metal pins and a hole in the center. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. Carved of heavy hard wood it is still very stable. We can trace it only to about 1950's. We acquired this amazing carving from a gentleman in Ohio, who was a missionary in Africa in the 1960's. From all my experience this is a rare antique statue, I believe dates to the early 1900's. A Fantastic Old Statue worthy of the finest collection. It measures 20" high X 7-1/2" wide at the base. X 8-1/2 deep at base. Heavy it Weighs 11lb. A Fantastic Statue. {Email me for more photos} Additional Information: This wooden Janus figures are carved in a strong style typical to the Bassa people .Figures among the Bassa are rare. They are usually attributed to the Dan and show traits that are evidence of a mixture of sources and cultures as figures play a prominent role among other Liberian and Sierra Leone an people including the Dan and Mende. This example is a pure Bassa sculpture. Features on Bassa figures are more angular or cubist than the Dan or Mende figures. The elaborate braided hairstyle and distinctive scarification on the forehead and the breasts are signs that the figure represents a mature or initiate female. The Bassa have several female and male societies, including chu-den-zo, to whom gela (geh-naw). The Bassa are relatives of the Dan, who live to their northeast, mostly in Cote d'Ivoire. They have absorbed much from Dan culture, including the usage and appearance of their arts. Occupying the geographic center of Liberia, the Bassa live in scattered small villages, and cultivate rice and other crops. They do not have a centralized government or paramount chief, and depend on secret societies like the "Poro" to maintain order and social cohesion. Masks are the primary modes of expression for the Bassa, as well as their Mande relatives, and figures are rare and poorly documented. This statue is believed to be the embodiment of Bassa spiritual entities. Offerings are made to the statue in the hopes of bringing good fortune to the village. ~ ACCEPTED PAYMENTS: CASH, CHECK, POSTAL MONEY ORDER, Visa, Master Card, Paypal , I will email you with payment address to send checks or Money Orders, Cash. FREE Shipping in U.S. Only ~ USPS first class. Questions ~ International Shipping Please Email Eric at Eric@Agestribalarts.com or Call 330- 434 -1010 Agestribalarts Gallery 194 Myrtle Place Akron Ohio, 44303 USA ~

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