African Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from FranceAfrican Folk Art Target Head from France

Important example of a late 19th century carved and painted wood African Target Head from a Fairground in France.

The 'Jeu de Massacre' was a popular fairground target game throughout France where , similar to the Aunt Sally games in England and 'Punks' in America, balls were thrown to knock down the figuratively carved targets- usually prominent local or national figures, politicians, enemy leaders, or foreign or ethnic stereotypes. The wooden target heads were usually hinged on to a shelf or bar so that the impact would knock them over backwards '
The 'African Negro' head is large and has a powerful presence creating an important piece of folk art. It shows the markings on the flat back where it has been hinged for the knock-down game.

Measures 16 inches high x 7 wide x 5 deep. In very solid if knocked about condition. Circa 1880-1920

Bottom photo shows a complete set of smaller Massacre figures that I bought some years ago in France. direct from an old fairground family.

Item ID: 1725

African Folk Art Target Head from France

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