This is a well-carved sculpture of a Fante tribeswoman of Ghana wearing her traditional headdress. There is a diamond and bead decoration on her forehead of beaten brass and a necklace of the same brass on her chest. The African coastal nation of Ghana was once a British colony called the Gold Coast and the brass ornamentation represents the gold that was mined there and gave the area its name.
The bust stands 13 inches tall and at its widest at the base is about 5 inches. Viewed from its side, it is very narrow and angular, measuring about 2 inches front to back; it weighs about 1 pound. The sculpture stands freely and steadily and is in excellent condition, with no cracks and one small old chip out of the upper edge of the back of the head, shown in the photo that also displays the paper label. The label reads "HANDCRAFTED IN GHANA" and is easily peeled off; these labels are placed on items when they are exported and do not signify age --or lack of it.
This is an elegant statue that lends an interesting, somewhat exotic touch to your home.