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female figure with a bowl on her head
  • Ghana
  • female figure with a bowl on her head, 1997
  • Where object was made: Ghana
  • cloth, nylon, wire, gourd, corn, metal, metal wrapped thread, synthetic hair, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33 x 16.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.018
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Description

Standing female figure with a dried gourd bowl on the top of her head. The figure’s body is covered in strips of black nylon cloth. She wears a knee length dress with eyelet trim on the bottom and on the sleeves, and has a tighter ankle length skirt underneath, sewn shut at the bottom. The dress is made from striped cloth in gold, green, black and white. On her back is a round black bump under a black and white cloth, depicting an infant. She wears a turban of black and white cloth. She wears gold hoop earrings in both ears. She has gold wrapped thread wrapped around her neck and wrists. On her head is a gourd bowl filled with kernels of dried corn. Her proper right arm is attached to the rim of the gourd bowl. She has four braids down her back made from synthetic strands of hair.