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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Akan-Krinjabo (Sanwi), Ivory Coast
Title: Figure (Mma)
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1989
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Ivory Coast, Africa
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Clay, paint
Dimensions: Height: 13 1/8"; width: 4 3/4"
Description: Standing male clay grave figure; large ovoid head with dominant triangular nose with deep nostrils; small angled slit eyes below arched eyebrows; thin slit mouth; small semi-circular ears; nodular scarifications with grooves on cheeks, outer sides of eyes, and between eyebrows; circular, slightly concave coiffure with double outer bands of grooved plaiting; flat topped knob in coiffure center; nine-ringed neck; compressed torso with large, semi-circular feet as base; attenuated arms with curled fingers extending in front of chest; low protuberances indicating nipples, navel, and genitalia; tan clay with glossy black paint; ceramic style of kingdom of Krinjabo.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 89.9.18
Credit Line: Gift of Erna Korner Geselevitsh, 1989
Context: Southern Akan peoples make whole figures, heads, and seated figures as memorials to the deceased. Some are life-size, portraying royalty with wives and attendants; others are smaller. The figures are placed at gravesites as portraits and memorials and washed and repainted at yearly commemorations. Palm wine, pots, stools, clothing and other personal goods are also placed at graves. Ceramic figures are made by women.
AMICA ID: BCM_.89.9.18
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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