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Standing female figure on a round base with hands at the sides. The figure has prominent breasts and strings of multi-colored beads around the waist and neck. The pupils of the eyes are metal and the hair is in a rounded comb shape with vertical grooves and blue pigment. 
Yoruba
Female Twin Figure
carved wood, glass beads, blue pigment, and metal
12 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in (32.38 cm x 8.57 cm x 8.25 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
Standing human figure on a round base with hands at the sides. There is a metal loop around one ankle and a string of black beads around the neck. On each cheek are four horizontal marks topped by three vertical marks. The hair is in a conical shape with a raised central groove surrounded by diagonal lines on each side and coated with blue pigment. 
Yoruba
Twin Figure
carved wood, beads, and blue pigment
9 7/16 in x 3 5/16 in x 3 in (23.97 cm x 8.41 cm x 7.62 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Standing female figure with hands at the sides on a round base. There is a pattern of small triangles around the pelvic region and brass bracelets around the wrists. Around the waist and neck are strings of multicolored beads. On each cheek there are three vertical grooves and the hair is in a conical shape with multiple patterns of geometric lines. 
Yoruba
Female Twin Figure
carved wood, blue pigment, multicolored beads and brass
10 1/2 in x 3 11/16 in x 3 1/4 in (26.67 cm x 9.37 cm x 8.25 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Standing male figure on a round base with hands at the sides. Around the waist are two strings of black and blue beads, a  string of round, orange beads around the neck, as well as a geometric pattern on the abdomen and brass around the ankles. On each cheek are four horizontal grooves topped by three vertical grooves and three vertical grooves. The pupils are metal and the hair is in a conical shape with a small knob and coated in blue pigment. 
Yoruba
Male Twin Figure
carved wood, plastic beads, blue pigment, and metal
10 1/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 7/8 in (25.56 cm x 7.94 cm x 7.3 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
Standing female figure on a round base with hands at the sides. Around the waist and neck are strings of multi-colored beads. On each cheek of the face there are three incised marks and the pupils of the eyes are metal. The hair is in the shape of a rounded comb, with horizontal grooves coated in blue pigment. 
Yoruba
Female Twin Figure
carved wood, beads, blue pigment, and metal
10 7/8 in x 3 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in (27.6 cm x 8.6 cm x 8.6 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
Standing wood figure of a woman with hands at side, staring directly ahead. Hair is pilled on the top of the head.
Yoruba
Female Twin Figure
wood
10 ⅞ in x 3 ¼ in x 2 4/5 in (27.62 cm x 8.25 cm x 7.14 cm);11 9/16 in x 3 11/16 in x 3 ⅜ in (29.37 cm x 9.37 cm x 8.57 cm)
Loan from the Estate of Kurt Delbanco;Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
Standing female figure with hands at sides on a round base, which is mounted on a square base. There are strings of beads around the waist, wrists, and neck. Around one wrist is a string of cowrie shells. The pupils of the eyes are metal and the hair is in a tri-lobe shape with patterns of geometric lines. This object has a patina along the creases. 
Yoruba
Female Twin Figure
carved wood, multicolored beads, cowrie shells, string and metal
10 7/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 2 1/4 in (26.51 cm x 7.14 cm x 5.72 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Standing human figure with hands at the sides mounted on a square base. One of the feet and part of the original base have broken off. There are strings of beads around the waist, wrists, and neck as well as brass around the ankles. On the face there are incised grooves and the hair is in the shape of three triangular lobes decorated with horizontal lines. 
Yoruba
Twin Figure
carved wood, metal and beads
10 7/8 in x 3 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in (27.62 cm x 8.57 cm x 8.25 cm);11 13/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 3/8 in (30 cm x 12.07 cm x 11.11 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Standing male figure on a square base with hands at the sides. There is a geometric pattern carved in the abdomen and two strings of black beads around the waist. There are also two strands of beads and a brass bracelet on each wrist and two strings of multi-colored beads around the neck. There is a triangular pendant around the neck and much of the face has been worn smooth. The hair is in a conical shape coated with blue pigment. 
Yoruba
Male Twin Figure
wood, glass beads, brass and blue pigment
9 11/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 7/16 in (24.61 cm x 7.94 cm x 6.19 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
Standing male figure with each foot on a raised base. The hands are at the side and on the front and back of the chest is a triangular pendant with a pattern of raised dashes. There is a string of beads around the neck and on each cheek are three horizontal grooves. The hair is a conical shape. 
Yoruba
Male Twin Figure
carved wood, glass and nutshell beads, twine, pigment and nail
11 1/8 in x 3 7/16 in x 2 9/16 in (28.3 cm x 8.7 cm x 6.5 cm)
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection
Wood-carved, standing male figure 40 inches in height. Its shoulders and torso are impaled with iron blades, nails and fragments. The torso is long, arms at side are bent at elbow and hands rest on lower abdomen. The right wrist wears a bracelet with attachments. The legs are truncated, with twisted metal anklet on right foot. The face is naturalistic, the mouth slightly open, the nose long and narrow with slightly flared nostrils. Eyes are almond shaped, may have had inlay that is now gone. The top of the head shows a tiered, "layer cake like" coiffure. The figure has a long and deep crack down the entire length of its left side, from top of the head to the left ankle.
Vili (Kongo)
Power Figure
1845 – 1855
wood, iron nails, blades and fragments, fiber cord
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.192

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28 Collection Object Sources

Twin Figure (1987/2.79)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.122)
Twin Figure (1997/1.324)
Male Twin Figure (1986/2.125)
Male Twin Figure (1988/1.160)
Power Figure (2005/1.192)
Colonisation (2015/2.48)
Caryatid stool (2005/1.204)
Staff (2001/2.60)
Staff (2001/2.64)
Nzinga Future (2015/2.49)
Shango's Wife (2019/2.79)
Flute Player (2019/2.80)
Ngoromera (2020/2.2)
Headrest (2017/1.626)
Headrest (2017/1.638)
Sophie/Elsie (2020/2.53)
Twin Figure (1986/2.121)
Pwo Mask (2005/1.201)

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