Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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stylized human head
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • stylized human head, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 11.5 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 7/16 x 4 1/2 x 4 7/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3595

The stylized sculpture of a human head has eyes that are indicated with a single groove and a hole in the center of the face could be the mouth or nose. The four knobs along the chin appear to be a beard. The sculpture has a red-orange base color and wavy bands of crosshatching around to the back of the head in white, red and yellow. There are vertical wavy lines on the back and another wavy line on the forehead. The groove for the eyes is colored solid brown, as is the nose/mouth region. There are white lines over the top of the nose and chin.