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: 60 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 5/8 x 4 15/16 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Bert R. Betz and Theresa Betz Taylor
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7283

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 to suggest arms. It is a light natural wood color with dark brown pigment decorations. The face is decorated with diagonal lines. The body has horizontal bands of human figures (some are right side up, some are upside down, and the bottom row of figures are on their sides).