BURA, STONE HEADS, Niger

 
BURA 21
13", $350

 
BURA 26
12", $300

 
BURA 29
14", $300

 
BURA 34
8", $150

 
BURA 46
12", $300


BURA 52
10.5", $250
 

BURA 62
8", $200



BURA 83
14.5", $450

BURA 87
10.7", $250



BURA 89
9", $200


BURA 96
10", $250
 



BURA 98
15", $450



BURA 100
11", $250 

BURA 108
13.5", $350



BURA 112
19.5", $500


Photographs © Tim Hamill

BURA, STONE HEADS, Niger

Named for the Bura archeological site near Bura in southwest Niger, the Bura culture produced a variety of distinctive artifacts made of clay, iron and stone. Little is known of the Bura civilization (ca. 3rd - 11th centuries), which was first discovered in 1975; excavations began in 1983. Most of the objects dug up are terra cotta heads or vessels.

These stone heads , which cannot be tested, were purchased from the same sources as the Bura terracotta  pieces which have been vetted as authentic. Some may have been recarved, or incised lines could have been added or deepened. Some could possibly have been made to be sold.  All of them that we have seen are similar to ours, whether at auctions or at other galleries. All have a shaft form so they were probably placed in the ground.

All are drilled and mounted as the one below.

 

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