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male figure with spear and sword
  • unknown Bamum maker
  • male figure with spear and sword, late 1800s–1975
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41.5 x 15 x 10 cm width from shoulder to shoulder; depth at hip level
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 5/16 x 5 7/8 x 3 7/8 in width from shoulder to shoulder; depth at hip level
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1269

This is a figure of a stylized man, standing with a spear in his right hand and a curved sword in his left. He has three incomplete circles on his headdress, open to the top. His tunic-like shirt has raised diamonds on it, and epaulet-like shoulders, possibly indicating it is armor. He appears to have an adze hooked over each shoulder, one going forward, one the other direction. He has a cup on the front and back of his chest. A third cup sits at his hip, apparently attached to a shoulder belt. His pants appear to end below the knee, with vertical bands. The feet do not display any detail, possibly indicating boots.