Huge terra cotta column, BURA tribe, Niger (no. 3)
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The origin of the Babur Bura people can be traced back to the 6th century.
History has it that at a point in time there was an exodus of people from Yemen in the Middle East to the Nile valley. And as at A.D.600, these people had not only dispersed, a good number of them had also reached the Sudan and Sahara.
Interestingly, the ancestors of Babur Bura together with other tribes like Luguda are believed to be among those who migrated from Yemen via Sudan through the Chad Basin [Kanem of Borno region] to the present Babur Bura land in Borno and Adamawa state.
Columns like these were found during the plowing of the land. They were often filled with remainders of natural fiber, cloth... The function is unclear.
This is a fantastic example of such a column. Finely worked with relief on its surface. Occasionally, a representation such as a tree or face is visible. This column is in good condition with only ample missing chips at the bottom. Due to the size and vulnerability of this object, it cannot be sent and only be picked up at location.
Height: 78 cm!
Circumference below: 74 cm
Weight: 16-20 kilograms (estimate)
Date: age unknown
Provenance: ex-Peter Beaujean, ex-gallery Tounkara, Rotterdam
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