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Female Figure (Ihambe)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, glass
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
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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