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Standing Figure

Accession Number

Standing Figure


Artist Nationality
Akan (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1950

Medium & Support

12 in x 3 in x 3 9/16 in (30.48 cm x 7.62 cm x 9.05 cm);12 5/16 in x 3 15/16 in x 3 11/16 in (31.27 cm x 10 cm x 9.37 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Lydia Johnstone.

Subject matter
Although this figure is attributed to Akan-speaking peoples, the context in which it was used is unknown. It is possible this figure may have been carved for a shrine. There appears to be a patina on this figure, suggesting it could have been used in a ceremonial context.  

References Cited: 
Cole, Herbert M. and Doran H. Ross. 1977. The Art of Ghana. Los Angeles: UCLA Museum of Cultural History.

Physical Description
Standing figure on a square base. The head is large with a high, rounded forehead and wide cheeks. The almond-shaped eyes sit below slightly curved eyebrows. The mouth is closed. The neck sits atop a columnar body without arms. The legs are short and in an open stance. 

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If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
figures (representations)
shrines (structures)

2 Related Resources

"People of Wood: Baule Figure Sculpture"
(Part of: Baule Articles)
Speak No Evil (2020)
(Part of: Sight & Sound: A New Way to Experience UMMA's 'Collection Ensemble')

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