Bara or Mahafaly Staff - Madagascar

This sturdy, handsome staff is surmounted by a figure of profoundly sensitive bearing. Supple curves form the contours of this male figure's body, naturalistic in its design and held in a posture of inward-turned thoughtfulness. The figure is also noteworthy for its special details: an applied fabric loincloth, carved cap, and hair and eyes darkened with pokerwork. A rare piece, this staff was a valued prestige object and is a stunning example of Malagasy wood carving.


Bara or Mahafaly
Wood, fiber, pokerwork
Complete staff: 44" H Figure: 12" H
Ex Bruce Frank Primitive Art
#158
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