Male figure

Male figure

probably 1800s

Copper alloy

Height: 44.7 cm (17 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2016.57


Realized in a very distinctive style using the lost-wax method, this figure’s cultural origin and function is limited because it was exported from Nigeria during that country’s turbulent civil war of the late 1960s. Perhaps it was once part of an altar or shrine dedicated to a guardian or tutelary spirit. Connotations of prestige and wealth may explain why copper-alloy objects were diffused across vast territory and inherited over many generations.

See also
African Art
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Copper alloy

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