Grave Marker in the Form of a Female Figure
The Konso of Ethiopia carve simple, elongated figures as part of sculptural groupings honoring the memory of prominent men. The groupings may include representations of the deceased, his wife, his defeated enemies, and even animals that he killed.
- Culture: Konso
- Medium: Gayo wood
- Place Made: Southern Nations/Nationalities/Peoples Region, Ethiopia
- Dates: 19th century or earlier
- Dimensions: 39 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (99.7 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.124.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Serge and Jodie Becker-Patterson
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Konso. Grave Marker in the Form of a Female Figure, 19th century or earlier. Gayo wood, 39 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (99.7 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Serge and Jodie Becker-Patterson , 1998.124.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Standing female figure with pendulous breasts, arms held rigidly to sides. Figure has domed coiffure with curvilinear design, small sunken eyes, two inset teeth, a carved multi-strand necklace, and carved armbands. There are areas of red-ochre pigment, a finely worn surface, and old patina. Condition: Overall good; heavily eroded from weathering.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)