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Female Figure

A work made of wood, pigment, resin, and abrus seeds.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, resin, and abrus seeds.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Probably Kantana
Benue River region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

The function of figures like this one would have varied from community to community. The powdery ochre rubbed onto its surface has spiritual connotations, and this pigment has been applied in imitation of a real-life practice of coloring the human body. The red abrus seeds pressed into resin on the figure’s chest and head were used in local medicines and suggest healing and danger.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Kantana

Title

Female Figure

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Wood, pigment, resin, and abrus seeds

Dimensions

H. 53 cm (20 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Claire B. Zeisler Foundation

Reference Number

1972.173

Extended information about this artwork

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