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This carved wooden figure depicts a standing male, and is one of a pair that includes a female figure also carved by the same hand. According to noted art historian Niangi Batulukisi, these two figures deviate from the classical Bembe style and are “an extreme rarity” due to the fact that they are likely connected to an ancient pre-Bembe style.<br /><br />
The male figure’s trunk is disproportionately long, while the legs are slightly flexed at the knees. His facial features includes closed eyes set in round, ocular cavities and a perfectly rounded, open mouth.  The hairstyle bears geometric motifs. Most striking, however, is that medicinal substances have been tied around the male’s entire torso--indeed from his neck to his pelvis--by tightly-wound, resin-covered strings. Moreover, a hole appears on the crown of his head, likely intended for the placement of an animal horn containing even more medicinal ingredients. A small sliver of a white shell appears across the figure’s chest. Traces of tukula powder ca
Bembe (Bembe (Kongo))
Male Figure
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.196.2

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1925 – 1935
Museum Purchase
1948/1.382

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1925 – 1935
Museum Purchase
1948/1.384

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1929
Museum Purchase
1948/1.378

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1902 – 1948
Museum Purchase
1948/1.68

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1925 – 1935
Museum Purchase
1948/1.383

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1925 – 1935
Museum Purchase
1948/1.385

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1929
Museum Purchase
1948/1.380
This carved wooden figure depicts a standing female, and is one of a pair that includes a male figure also carved by the same hand. According to noted art historian Niangi Batulukisi, these two figures deviate from the classical Bembe style and are “an extreme rarity” due to the fact that they are likely connected to an ancient pre-Bembe style.<br /><br />
The female figure’s trunk is disproportionately long, while the legs appear stockier and are slightly flexed at the knees. Her facial features include narrow eyes set in round, ocular cavities and an open mouth. The hairstyle is of a simple design. The breasts and the umbilicus protrude outward, the shoulders curve inward, and the palms of the hand rest upon either side of the abdomen. Traces of tukula powder can be found upon the figure’s surface.<br /><br />
It is almost certain that the female figure’s torso was at one point wrapped with medicinal ingredients, just like her male counterpart. Moreover, a hole appears on the crown of her head, likely inten
Bembe (Bembe (Kongo))
Female Figure
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.196.1
This panel is the left panel of a diptych that features a figure with red skin, a large black beard, and an ornamented staff. He is dressed in a colorful robe and elaborate headress, and is facing to the right. Background is blue, red, and white with a cloud pattern.&nbsp;
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Door Gods Yu Lei and Shen Tu - Catchers of Evil Spirits and Ghosts (Diptych)
;1800 – 1999
Gift of Sharlynn and Andrew Circo, in memory of Sotokichi Katsuizumi
2015/2.161.1
Two nude women looking at viewer, standing 1/4 turn to the left. Left-hand figure has right hand behind head, right elbow in air; she also has "paper-colored" hair. The figure on the right has hands on hips, elbows pointing out; left elbow a half-inch from right side of image. Right-hand figure has black hair. Two lines, center and on the right, suggest a ground/floor.
Ernst Kirchner
Two Standing Nudes (Zwei Stehende Akte)
1909 – 1910
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection
2007/2.93

William Horace Littlefield (American (North American))
Boxing (La Boxe; Series of Six Prints)
1925 – 1935
Museum Purchase
1948/1.386
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