Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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standing human figure
  • unknown Mumuye maker
  • standing human figure, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 108 x 15 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 42 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2880

The stylized human figure is standing. The head is narrow with a mohawk hairdo and very large ears. The figure is a mottled dark brown overall, except the ears, which are left light. The face is stylized with circles for the eyes, nose, mouth, and chin indicated by carving from a single plane. It has a long neck, sloping shoulders, and a long thin torso. There are slightly bent arms with no hands. It has straight legs with knees and feet indicated by points.