Burkina Bronzes

Artisans in Burkina Faso cast each sculpture using the lost wax method. In lost wax method, the shape of the desired figurine is first made in wax and then coated it with clay. After the clay figure is dried, molten bronze is poured into the mould. The hot liquid bronze melts the wax and fills the shape of the desired figurine. This technique of lost wax is one of the oldest forms of bronze casting.
The lost wax technique is a very detailed and intense technique. The technique and skills are passed down through generations from their fathers and grandfathers. The figurines reflect the everyday african life that artisans see around them. Our curated figurines from Burkina Faso speak to the modern woman.