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Figure Posts

A work made of wood and kaolin.

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  • A work made of wood and kaolin.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Kwere
Tanzania
Eastern and Southern Africa

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Kwere

Title

Figure Posts

Origin

Tanzania

Date

1901–1975

Medium

Wood and kaolin

Dimensions

H. 259.1 cm (102 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Terry E. and Cynthia Perucca

Reference Number

2006.128.1-2

Extended information about this artwork

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