Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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stylized human figure
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • stylized human figure, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, paint, human hair, feathers, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29.5 x 8 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3608

The stylized human figure is standing with the arms at the sides. It is a very block-like rendering. The face has a projecting chin, but is otherwise flat. It has large round eyes with yellow around them and small white lips on the chin. It has human hair at the top of the head and a long rectangular neck. The torso (front and back) is decorated with a white crosshatched zigzag down the middle and black or red triangles fill the negative space. The arms are mostly white with a band of orange feathers near the shoulder. The legs are mostly black, with a white band and grey and orange feathers near the hips. It does not have hands or feet.