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African Male Figurine:  Masai Warrior
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The fancy dress of this Masai warrior includes a headdress with real feathers, tiny red and white strings of beads encircling arms, legs, hanging from ear lobes, looped through the hair above the forehead and woven into a spectacular breastplate accented with large "pearl"  ones.  The red and black pattern on the shield matches his toga.  He also carries a removable real wood spear that is incised and stained .  The blunt tip of the spearhead suggests that the bearer is not appearing as a fighter but is perhaps a cermonial leader. This is such a well made figurine that one could easily mistake it for wood of some kind, but it is made of alabastrite.  Alabastrite is a stone-based polyresin which permits a master of the material to achieve intricate details.  Alabastrite, feathers, wood, glass beads, imported.  Collected prior to 2006.
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