Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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human figure
  • Papua New Guinea
  • human figure, mid 1900s–1993
  • Where object was made: BURNI DISTRICT, Papua New Guinea
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 17 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2884

The standing human figure has its knees bent. The figure is mostly covered with red pigment. The head is yellow, with black hair and around the mouth. These black areas are defined by a red line with yellow dots. The eyes are black with a white outline and the rest of the face is yellow. There is a black bib-like area on the figure's chest, decorated with yellow and red chevrons, a white triangle and two yellow circles. The genital region is black with a red and white band above. There is a white stripe at the elbows, wrists and knees outlined with black. The hands and feet are black with red lines with white at the ends. There are black patches at the shoulder blades.

The figure stands on a conical base with a white oval at the top, outlined with yellow. The rest is a thick black band with vertical stripes in white, yellow and red, all crossed by a white band through the middle.