Figure Screen (Duein Fubara)

A work made of wood, pigment, and fiber.

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

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Kalabari Ijo
Nigeria
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 photo¬graphs. Here, the central figure representing the house leader wears a British top hat.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Kalabari

Title

Figure Screen (Duein Fubara)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1900–1940

Medium

Wood, pigment, and fiber

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2005.154

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