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squatting figure with lidded container on neck
  • Senufo peoples
  • squatting figure with lidded container on neck, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 75 x 26 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 29 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 30.5 x 22 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 12 x 8 11/16 x 11 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0902.a,b

This human-like figure (2007.0902.a) is in a deep knee bend with the neck bent forward and the face at the end of the neck. The arms rest at the sides of the knees. The face has a horn-like projection in the middle of the forehead with small ears on either side. There is grid-like scarification above each eye, and a cross on each cheek. There is a cylindrical container resting at the nape of the neck, which is bent forward to be parallel. The container is decorated with two repeats of a four-legged animal with a very large body and small legs. The mouths are open to reveal teeth, and two long horns (or ears) are directed backward.

The round lid (2007.0902.b) is decorated with two standing figures. Both have a large block-like abdomen. One has breasts. The heads are oblong, with either a hat or very simple hairstyle. They do not have genitalia or feet.

The figure is dark brown.