FigureArtist(s)YombeArtist NationalityYombe (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1860Medium & Supportwood and resinDimensions
6 5/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 2 3/8 in (16 cm x 5.6 cm x 6 cm);6 5/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 2 3/8 in (16 cm x 5.6 cm x 6 cm)Credit LineGift of Candis and Helmut SternSubject matter
The headdress and pose of the figure suggest that this is a depiction of a chief or person of high status. He is chewing the munkwiza root, a local hallucinogenic creeper whereof it is said that the juice was used to test suspected witches. Physical Description
Kneeling human figure on top of a round, hollowed out base, suggesting that this may have been the top of a staff or flywhisk. The sculpture holds one hand on his thigh, while he is chewing on a munkwiza root with the other. Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypefigureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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symbols of office or status