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thorn carving of a man using bellows
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • thorn carving of a man using bellows, 1979
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 8.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Dr. Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0161

Small, carved wooden figure assembled from several parts in light and dark brown colored wood. The carving depicts a male figure seated on a small stool and wearing a light brown pointed hat, short sleeved shirt and short pants. In each hand he is holding a long thin stick that attaches to a bellows that is on the ground in front of him. The bellows is carved from dark brown wood in the shape of a half circle. On the top of the bellows the two long sticks are inserted into two separate circles. At the front of the bellows is an opening that is filled with light brown plant fibers or wood shavings. The figure is attached to a small rectangular base.