Male Figure

Male Figure

by 1931

Wood

Overall: 44.8 x 9.3 x 7.7 cm (17 5/8 x 3 11/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Gift of the African Art Sponsors of Karamu House 1931.204

Description

Purported to be the earliest surviving work by the Baule master artist Totokro, this Male Figure typically comes as a pair of male and female sculptures, and serves as a bridge between the spirit (asye usu) and human worlds in the hand of Baule diviners. Representing idealized humans in their prime, the diviners consider them suitable forms used to cast out disruptive spirits. It is featured here without the female example. Cleveland’s Karamu House, the oldest African American theater group in the country, purchased this Baule male figure in 1929 and donated it to the museum in 1931.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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