Female Figurine

Female Figurine

late 1800s-early 1900s


Overall: 12 x 2.5 x 4.5 cm (4 3/4 x 1 x 1 3/4 in.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.449


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This object is believed to be a portion of a spoon or a spatula. The position of the prisoner is believed to be a sacrificial victim.


This female figurine may be a fragment of a spoon or spatula, but is not confirmed. Iconography of the human image is common in the art of Kongo-speaking peoples, however, this object’s function or purpose is unknown. The position of the arms has been interpreted as that of a bound prisoner while the positioning of the head represents a broken neck or severed head, thus identifying as a sacrificial victim.

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African Art
African Art
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