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Seated Male Figure

Middle Niger civilization

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Middle Niger artists added and inscribed details on their fluidly modeled bodily forms. The formal unity of these solitary, introspective seated male figures suggests the output of a workshop. Each has the same stylized arrangement of limbs, stone-bead necklaces, and metal bracelets. The interpretive potential of such ancient creations has been severely compromised by their lack of archaeological provenance. To ignore their existence is, however, to deny one of the most significant moments in Sahelian creative expression.

Seated Male Figure, Terracotta, Middle Niger civilization

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