Female Figure

Female Figure

c. 1940-1950


Overall: 48.2 cm (19 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1971.295



The concept of tin---success and reputation---inspired individualism and competition among Dan warrior chiefs in the 19th century and fostered enormous artistic productivity and innovation. These wealthy individuals would commission various prestige items, including portraits of women to honor a favorite wife. At the appropriate dramatic moment during a lavish feast for his community, the chief would unveil the figure which had been carefully wrapped and covered in a basket. Other items might also be displayed and distributed to enhance the host's reputation and to demonstrate his good taste and generosity.

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African Art
African Art
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