Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

staff with female figure
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • staff with female figure, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, pigment, plant fiber, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 95 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width: 37 3/8 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0329

The wooden staff has a small female figure standing on a rectangle. It is incised with diamond based designs created from a series of parallel lines. Each side of the rectangle has a different design. Red pigment may have been rubbed on the surface of the rectangle. The woman is standing. She is wearing a round headdress with a bit of plant fiber wrapping at the top. The incised decoration on the headdress is rubbed with a red pigment. There is a small wooden dowel in her left ear and a string wrapped around her neck. She has a protruding navel and lines to indicate scarification. There is one groove running down the middle of her back.

There is a hole in the undecorated end of the shaft.

The staff was previously carried by a chief.