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wood carving of a female figure
  • unknown Mossi maker
    unknown Maguzawa maker
  • wood carving of a female figure, 1980
  • Where object was made: Burkina Faso or Nigeria
  • wood, carving, staining, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24.5 x 5 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.045

Tall thin vertical wood carving of a stylized female figure. The features of the face are carved in relief and there is a tall ridge on the top of the head that extends front to back. On the proper right cheek there is a small incised cross shape. The features of the body are mostly undifferentiated except for two triangular projections indicating breasts. The body is incised with a series of vertical and diagonal lines. Areas of the sculpture have been rubbed with a dark brown stain, especially around the shoulders, on the ridge of the head, and in the incised lines.