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Figure Screen (Duein Fubara)

A work made of wood, pigment, and fiber.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and fiber.


Early 20th century


Kalabari Ijo
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Figure screens were made by the Kalabari to honor, memorialize, and communicate with deceased leaders of their trading or canoe houses. One would have formed part of an altar in a side room of a meetinghouse. Originating in the 19th century, when European commerce flourished in the Niger Delta, these screens may have been inspired by early portrait photographs. Here, the central figure representing the house leader wears a British top hat.


On View, Gallery 137


Arts of Africa




Figure Screen (Duein Fubara)


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Made 1900–1940


Wood, pigment, and fiber


101.6 × 69.9 × 20.3 cm (40 × 27 1/2 × 8 in.)

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Joanne M. and Clarence E. Spanjer Fund; purchased with funds provided by of Cynthia and Terry E. Perucca, Marshall Field V, and Lynn and Allen Turner funds; Mr. and Mrs. David B. Ross Endowment; Alsdorf Foundation

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