Miniature bronze figurines dating back to the Djenne period are some of the earliest known examples of African figurative art. This beautifully cast sculpture depicts a male figure – who, with his elongated beard and cap – possibly resembled a person of importance. The figure’s long, extended arms rest on his knees, which curve backwards in a kneeling position. Over the centuries, weathering has developed a verdigris surface patina. The specific traditional purpose of bronze miniature figures such as this is not known.
Ex Rene David Estate, Zurich