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    Female Figure with Horn (Kaponya)

    This figure may have served to represent the guardian tutelary spirit of an important Chokwe diviner. Even with its right arm missing, the figure’s formal integrity and elegance remain intact. Over her left shoulder, the woman holds an antelope horn, usually a container for potent substances.

    • Culture: Chokwe
    • Medium: Wood, copper alloy
    • Possible Place Made: Mahokolo region, Angola
    • Dates: late 19th century
    • Dimensions: 12 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (31.1 x 8.9 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of Africa
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
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    • Accession Number: 74.89
    • Credit Line: Gift of Marcia and John Friede
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Chokwe. Female Figure with Horn (Kaponya), late 19th century. Wood, copper alloy, 12 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (31.1 x 8.9 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 74.89. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: 3/4, 74.89_threequarter_edited_version_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Wooden standing female figure. It clasps a horn over its left shoulder and rests on its own circular base. The figure wears no clothing. Its elaborate coiffure consists of incised undulating forms topped by a flower-like decoration. There are metal rings on each ankle. Condition: erosion at back and underside of base. Lips show some losses. A toe on the left foot is void as is the left arm from the shoulder. Headdress worn at rear. Portion of flower-like decoration void. Insect erosion at back and underside of base. Lips show some losses.
    • Record Completeness: Best (87%)
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