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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: 38 x 10.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1271.02

This is a masked figure, representing Kpongyugo, with two arms and legs, each with two scale-like projections, and a barrel shaped torso with a prominent navel. The head is helmet-like with a long, crocodile-like snout, pointy teeth and a twisted mustache (warthog tusks?). The eyes resemble semi-open clam shells. Two twisted antelope horns sit next to pointy ears, and there is a flat surface pointing up from the head that has notched edges and a chameleon on it. The figure holds a twisted object in its right hand and has a tail.

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