22 June 1999
Marcelle Ackein (1882-1952)
Sonrai woman, Tombouctou
Femme Sonra, Tombouctou
signed with initials, dated and inscribed with title 12 fvrier 1923, M.A.
black chalk and pastel on paper
33.5 x 26 cm
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