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Female Figure (Ihambe)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, glass
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 17 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 4 in. (44.5 x 7.2 x 10.2 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2010.82.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of Drs. John I. and Nicole Dintenfass
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Female figure (ihambe), mounted on a base, with both feet and a portion of (L) leg missing. The figure has a tri-lobed coiffure, and a face notable for its partially intact, inset glass eyes. There is some loss to the end of the nose. The ears are concave, with a raised ridge in the middle. The figure rests with hands clasped below two large, slightly irregular, breasts. Three strands of beads are indicated by three raised ridgeds above a small projecting umbilicus. The figure has a fine surface, indicative of use. Condition: good.
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