Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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standing human figure
  • Papua New Guinea
  • standing human figure, early 1900s–1968
  • Where object was made: Papua New Guinea
  • wood, pigment, cowrie shells, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 45 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 17 11/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2881

The human-like figure is standing on a round base. The figure has a large head and white face decorated with black curlicue designs and cowrie shell eyes. The torso is predominantly black with white and red at the shoulders. The arms are mostly red with white and black on the upper arm, and black hands. There is a shelf-like projection in lieu of buttocks, which has a red, white and black leg. The figure's legs are red with black and white at the thighs. There are no feet. The base is red on top, but white on the sides with red and black circles.