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female figure
  • unknown Igbo maker
  • female figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 132 x 21 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 51 15/16 x 8 1/4 x 9 1/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4186

In the sculpture of a female figure the figure is standing with the arms at the sides. Most of the figure is covered with white pigment and details are painted with red pigment and black paint. The hair is painted black and styled with three cone shaped projections at the front of the head and with small nubs all along the back of the head. The face has a very prominent nose and mouth and the ears are placed very close to the eyes. There are curved black lines on the cheeks and the sides of the jaw. There are small black lines on the corner of the mouth. There is red pigment on the inside of the mouth, especially in the recesses around the carved teeth. There are red dots along the cheeks. The edges of the mouth, ears, eyes, nostrils, eyebrows are painted black and there is red pigment in the eyes as well. On the torso, there are very prominent, cone shaped breasts decorated with incised concentric lines down almost the entire length. There is also a very prominent, cone shaped navel, decorated with several lines that are incised lengthwise. On either side of the torso are several semicircular, incised lines. The legs are very small and have very pronounced curves at the knees and calves. The feet are very small.