Standing Male Figure
Although little is known about this figure, its hairstyle, ridged in front and worked into small circles in back, and small scars carved across the brow and along the edge of the jaw indicate it is of Zande origin. Such decorative markings, either on art objects or living persons, are clues to group affiliation, rank, and status.
- Culture: Zande
- Medium: Wood
- Place Made: Bondo Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dates: 19th or 20th century
- Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 4 x 7/16 in. (37.5 x 10.2 x 1.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 22.103
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Zande. Standing Male Figure, 19th or 20th century. Wood, 14 3/4 x 4 x 7/16 in. (37.5 x 10.2 x 1.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.103. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Carved wooden standing male figure. Light wood stained black. Face wide. Arms and torso are flat, lean, and long. Coiffure has high, rounded, parallel ridges running front to back; back of hair worked into flat concentric circles. Band of small scars across brow and along edge of jaw. Holes in earlobe. Trunk and upper arms ornamented with vertical bands made up of diagonal incisions. Some cracking on figure. Arm restored 1/68.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)