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carving of a woman's head
  • Nigeria
  • carving of a woman's head, 1980
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, carving, staining
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 x 6.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 7/8 x 2 9/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.096

Carved wood in the shape of a woman's head from the neck up, stained dark brown. The head is slightly narrow and elongated toward the back. Around the neck at the edge of the base is a thin band of scalloped carving. In each ear there is a triangular earring hanging from the bottom of the lobe. The hair is divided into rows that extend toward the back top of the head and meet in a point. The hair is carved with small zigzags and crosshatching to create texture.