Male Figure

Male Figure

possibly 1300s-1600s


Overall: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1985.199


Figures like this would have been used in rituals by the ancestors of the present-day inhabitants of the Inland Niger Delta. Representing the gods and kings or queens associated with the region’s former residents, the figures received prayers and offerings in exchange for their support. The seated position of this male has been interpreted as a harmful pose intended to bring death to an individual.

See also
African Art
African Art
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