Burkina Faso  (Africa)

Burkina Faso set with pretty original and brightly painted bronze figurines made with the so-called "cire-perdue" (lost wax) method. The dark bronze colour is obtained by heating the pieces in waste oil. In this set the dark pieces are painted black as well. These sets are always indicated as made by the Ashanti tribe for the tourist market. The Ashanti homeland is Ghana. The itinerant Hausa does trade the sets.

The latter is the reason that not always a precise origin can be determined. So is the 2nd set listed a set that could be from Mali as well. I have a similar set listed at the Mali page.

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  • Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, by Ashanti
  • ca. 1950
  • Bronze K 6.8; p 5.2
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  • Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
  • 1985
  • Bronze K 7.2; T 10.0; p 5.0
  • Note that a similar set can be found at Mali page