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    Squatting Male Figure

    This figure comes from a Songye-related group, the Nsapo-Nsapo, named for their chief who led them northeast to Lulua country in the 1880s as they fled the Swahili slave trade farther east. The squatting pose with knees on elbows and chin resting on hands is found nowhere else in Africa but among the Lulua—making this an intriguing example of an artist adopting his style to changing circumstances.

    • Culture: Nsapo-Nsapo
    • Medium: Wood, copper alloy, glass beads, fiber, organic materials
    • Place Made: Lulua Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Dates: late 19th century
    • Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 2 in. (19.1 x 4.4 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of Africa
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Exhibitions:
    • Accession Number: 80.100
    • Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Frieda and Milton F. Rosenthal; Carll H. de Silver Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Nsapo-Nsapo. Squatting Male Figure, late 19th century. Wood, copper alloy, glass beads, fiber, organic materials, 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 2 in. (19.1 x 4.4 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Frieda and Milton F. Rosenthal; Carll H. de Silver Fund, 80.100. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: 3/4 front, 80.100_threequarter_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Standing figure of deep reddish-brown glossy tone. The legs are large and slightly flexed, a pronounced concave torso and very elongated arms with elbows resting on knees and hands touching chin. Oval head with beard and two pointed horns emerging from top. Face is carefully delineated with pointed chin, triangular nose, heavy-lidded eyes. The figure has large feet and stands on its own base, which is decorated with 15 brass tacks. A triple strand of glass beads, white and very light green, decorate the neck. Condition: good. Small round opening at top of hairline, another one on back between shoulders. Tip of right horn broken off and separate. Surface of figure sticky in some areas.
    • Record Completeness: Best (83%)
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