Head of a Basutho was created by the South African sculptor Frederick Johannes (Frikkie) Kruger (1907-1966) in 1931. Although this is a work that resembles an artwork titled The Accused by artist Anton van Wouw (1862-1945) the stylistic problems with the work, making it look like an copied enlargement rather than a sculpture, has always placed doubt in the artist. Furthermore with it only cast by the Renzo Vignali Artistic Foundry in 1960 by a Dr Schmidt (A dentist of Pretoria) it put further doubt upon its authorship. The work was only reattributed to Kruger in 2020 after a mention of it was found in an art critique in 1931.


  • Title: Head of a Basuto
  • Creator: Frikkie Kruger
  • Date Created: 1931
  • Location Created: South Africa
  • Physical Dimensions: 370mm x 300mm x 230mm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Original Source: University of Pretoria Museums
  • Rights: Copyright University of Pretoria
  • Medium: Bronze

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