Mounted on a stand
Cylindrical pottery jars with modelled and moulded human heads have been found (few complete) at Aksum since the 1950's, mostly by diplomatic amateurs but some during excavations by the British Institute in East Africa. The National Museum in Addis Abababa, have a number of similar heads.
The Falasha are a group of people in Ethiopia who hold the Jewish faith but use Ge'ez rather than Hebrew as a liturgical language. The Falashas were not formally recognized as Jews until 1975, and many of them were airlifted to Israel in 1984–85 and after
Lit.: Sotheby's African and Oceanic Art - New York - 19 November 1999. Lot 343
Christie's - Important Tribal Art and Antiquities from the Collection of A. McCarty-Cooper - New York 19 May 1992 Lot 176