Rare Large Stone Kissi Figure

P R O V E N A N C E: Important old Dutch private collection

Kissi people, Pombo

High 29 cm.

Sierra Leone and Liberia

Rare Large Stone Kissi Figure, this figure is indentified by the Kissi people as Pombo, the stone sculpture has an elongated head, and a rectangular mouth showing filed teeth and, generally, a ridged coiffure.

The Kissi people revere stone anthropomorphic carvings which are found in fields and rivers. The Kissi people call them Pombo. These carvings are extremely old and it was not until 1959 that Western scholars associated them with the so-called Afro-Portuguese ivory objects.

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