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one of a set of two Kpongyugo figurines
  • unknown Senufo maker
  • one of a set of two Kpongyugo figurines, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 43 x 12 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 15/16 x 4 3/4 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1271.01

This is a masked figure, representing Kpongyugo, with two legs and two arms, each with two scale-like projections and a barrel shaped body. He has a twisted blade in his right hand and a flat blade in the left. The head sits directly on the body, without a neck, and has two antelope-like horns, with a small human female figure holding both, and a plank behind the small figure with two birds. The face has a large mouth with pointy teeth, a human-like nose and a twisted mustache (warthog horns?) and a striped beard.

Kpongyugo is a composite of different, aggressive animals, such as a crocodile, warthog, and buffalo.