Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Family Unit
  • Cecil Carstenson
    born: Marquette, Kansas, United States ; died: Kansas City, Missouri, United States ; active: United States
  • Family Unit, date unknown
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, ebony, monkeypod
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: figures 50.8 x 13.3 x 10.2 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 x 5 1/4 x 4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: shell 57.2 x 18.7 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift in memory of Donna Munn Heller
  • Not on display
  • 1991.0086.a,b

Center unit (ebony) is a solid body with two heads on top and another about half way up (parents and child). Shell is lighter in color, smooth on the outside and textured, like chipped wood, on the inside. There are five organic shaped openings in the shell through which to view the center group.