Standing Male Figure
Arts of Africa
This large figure with his ‘‘heavy’’ pose suggests aggression, highlighted by his outsized hands, angled limbs, and a severely abstracted face with a gaping mouth. It is thought that figures such as this were used by the Chamba as protection from malevolent spirits.
Wood, organic materials
early 20th century
24 3/8 x 6 x 5 in. (61.9 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift in honor of William C. Siegmann in recognition of his contributions to the study and understanding of African Arts
Standing male figure with a flat central crest running down middle/top of the head. Figure has outsized hands, limbs that join the torso at a sharp and irregular angle below an open, gaping mouth, and a severely reduced face, whose only other distinguishing feature is a pair of slightly raised mounds suggesting eyes. The entire work is covered in a fine and even sacrificial patina. Stands on an attached wooden base.
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Chamba. Standing Male Figure, early 20th century. Wood, organic materials, 24 3/8 x 6 x 5 in. (61.9 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift in honor of William C. Siegmann in recognition of his contributions to the study and understanding of African Arts, 2011.31.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.31.1_PS6.jpg)
overall, 2011.31.1_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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