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carving of a head
  • Sierra Leone
  • carving of a head, 1975
  • Where object was made: Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13.5 x 4.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 5/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.097

Carved wood in the shape of a human head. The wood is light brown in color and has been rubbed with a darker brown pigment. The head is slightly narrow and elongated to the back. The forehead and top of the head are extremely elongated, making up nearly half of the carving. The features of the face are carved in low relief and the eyes are closed and slightly elongated. There is a ridge in the hair that extends from the forehead and down the back of the head. There is very faint crosshatching on the hair to indicate texture.