About this artwork
Figurative posts in eastern Africa and on the island of Madagascar most commonly serve as grave sculptures, but they have also been observed on the sites of initiation and spirit possession rituals and of association meetings. This pair represents a male ancestor on the left and a female one on the right. It is unclear whether the parallel rings carved around their necks mimic jewelry or are merely decorative.
- Figure Posts
- Wood and kaolin
- H. 259.1 cm (102 in.)
- Restricted gift of Terry E. and Cynthia Perucca