Male Figure

Male Figure

c. 1930s

Wood and colorant

Overall: 49.2 cm (19 3/8 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1975.156



Traces of white pigment and sacrificial residue suggest that this figure was used by a komyen, a Baule priest and spirit medium. The carved figure attracted nature spirits who then periodically possessed the priest, giving him a special clairvoyance. Other works by this same unknown master sculptor show his interest in repeated textural bands, like those on the high collar, tunic, and cap.

See also
African Art
African Art
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