Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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stone carving of a head
  • unknown Kissi maker
  • stone carving of a head, 1975
  • Where object was made: Sierra Leone
  • soapstone, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 x 8.5 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 4 15/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.098

Stone carving of a head from the neck up. The stone is grayish brown in color and has a smooth texture. The neck is long, thin, and cylindrical. The features of the face are carved in high relief and are very exaggerated. The eyes are closed and oval shaped, and the nostrils and mouth are very wide. The hair is carved with intersecting lines creating small, diamond shaped peaks.