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urlA corner of my office is occupied, I should say graced, by a rather unusual woman. Carved seemingly from a single enormous piece of wood, stained dark, she stands a good 1.5 metres tall. Her mohawk style hairdo, beak-like nose and flat, pendulous breasts are studded with what look to be brass carpet tacks. She is a fine example of a Nimba, perhaps the most recognized form of artwork of the Baga tribe of coastal Guinea, an example of which can be seen in The Louvre (see photo).

Visitors to our house have asked me on various occasions whether or not she is authentic.… Read the rest

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