Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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carved human figure
  • Panama
  • carved human figure, early 1900s–1921
  • Where object was made: Sambú Río, Panama
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 59 x 14 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Bert R. Betz and Theresa Betz Taylor
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7285

The highly stylized human figure's head has a ridge running vertically down the center of the face but no facial features. The flattened body has two small rectangles that suggest arms. It is a light natural wood color with dark brown pigment decorations. The face is decorated with horizontal lines and bands of dots. The body has arched lines directed outward with rows of dots. Some of the area between the semicircles is filled in with dark color.