Africa, Zaire, Sikasingo, 20th Century / Male Figure (misi) / before 1930Africa, Zaire, Sikasingo, 20th Century
Male Figure (misi)
before 1930

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Creator Nationality: Africa, Zaire, Sikasingo, 20th Century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Zaire, Sikasingo, 20th Century
Title: Male Figure (misi)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1920
Creation End Date: 1930
Creation Date: before 1930
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood and cloth
Dimensions: Overall: 48.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.10
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Provenance: J. J. Klejman, NY (1962)

The Sikasingo venerate ancestors or "great ones" with altars in the form of miniature houses constructed near dwellings. Sculptures usually represent several generations: founding mothers or fathers, children, and grandchildren arranged in order of seniority. Displayed on raised platforms, they serve to focus prayers, invocations and offerings. The bold angularity of this figure's head, shoulders, and arms and its dramatic symmetry and frontality evoke a forceful, imposing of a "great one."

AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.10
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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