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: 62.5 x 10 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 5/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Bert R. Betz and Theresa Betz Taylor
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7284

The highly stylized human figure's head has a ridge running vertically down the center of the face and a large notch, suggesting a nose. There is a slit for the eyes and mouth. The flat 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 and dots. The body arches are directed outward with dots between.