Male Figure

Male Figure

mid- to late 1800s

Wood and colorant

Overall: 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 2003.36


Hungaan figures of this size served as guardians of ritual shrines and functioned in rituals to promote fertility, guarantee well-being, and ensure longevity. The striking crested hairstyle imitates a real coiffure or a wig, indicative of status and prestige. The hands supporting the chin identify the figure as a chief who is immersed in thought and contemplation, pondering over his responsibilities.

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African Art
African Art
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