Ancestor figure Artist(s)Beembe (Kongo)Object Creation Datecirca 1870Medium & Supportwood and porcelain chipsDimensions
7 15/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in (20.1 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm);7 15/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in (20.1 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm)Credit LineGift of Candis and Helmut SternSubject matter
The presence of the beard on the male figure supports the notion that this sculpture represents an ancestor (mukuya). Such figures were commissioned by elders who wished to be remembered after they had died. They were kept alongside other sculptures and regularly attended to by the heads of families. Physical Description
This male standing figure is holding a weapon and has detailed scarifications on his chest and abdomen. The eyes are inserted porcelain chips and the figure shows a beard and an asymmetrical hairstyle. Primary Object Classification Wood and Woodcarving Primary Object Typeritual figureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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