Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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standing female figure
  • unknown Guro maker
  • standing female figure, late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 34.5 x 11 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 9/16 x 4 5/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3132
Label Text

The standing figure has mostly red skin, but the hair, clothes and facial details are black. The hairstyle appears to be four wide braids coming together at the top of the head. There are small clusters of scars in the middle of the forehead, above each eye, lateral to each eye and at each corner of the mouth. She has small breasts, with six rectangular scars above each and six scars on the back of her check. Her hands are clasped in front of her abdomen and she has a prominent navel. She is wearing a cache-sexe with a thick black waistband. There are two thin black bands below each knee and clog-like shoes. The figure is standing on a triangular base.