Bura Terracotta Funerary Head Burkina Faso
This terracotta artifact closely resembles those found on Bura terracotta grave markers, originating from the Bura People residing in Burkina Faso and Niger. Renowned for their exquisite terracotta works discovered in burial sites, these artifacts date back to the period spanning the 3rd to the 11th centuries. The exact age of the presented piece remains unknown, and while we assume it belongs to a more recent era, it has not undergone thermoluminescence testing.
Bura funeral terracotta pieces could be sizable, reaching nearly two feet in height, taking on forms either figural or abstract, often resembling elongated cone shapes. The crafting of these funeral objects mirrors the process of shaping a pot, with a tapering design towards the head and intricate surface embellishments. Pieces like these provide insights into the enduring role of art in African society. Notably, the longevity of pottery art surpasses that of woodcarvings, which are susceptible to damage through use, fire, and termite infestations.
Consequently, these terracotta sculptures serve as markers for rituals that are no longer practiced and artistic forms that have faded into the depths of forgotten traditions.
Approximate Age: Unknown
Made In: Africa