Small Terracotta, Bura Culture

Very little is known about the Bura culture from the Niger River Valley in Burkina Faso. What we do know is that these phallic-shaped vessels would be used to hold belongings of the deceased to be taken into the afterlife, and would be placed open-side-down.

They are decorated with textured geometric designs and sometimes faces. This piece is made of unglazed terracotta.


Origin: Africa

Material: Unglazed Terracotta

Condition: Fair

Dimensions: 14" H X 6" Dia

Inventory number: MI9979



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