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Figure of a Standing Female (Nyeleni)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, metal, shells
  • Place Made: Mali
  • DATES late 19th or early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 20 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 7in. (52.7 x 16.5 x 17.8cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing female figure; free carved arms and legs. Hair is crest-shape. Attached to the outer edge of each ear is one of a pair of metal loop earrings. Necklace is in the shape of a chain. Eyes, with white bead irises and black pupils, are close together. Breasts are cone-shaped projections. Object is in good condition.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Bamana. Figure of a Standing Female (Nyeleni), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, metal, shells, 20 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 7in. (52.7 x 16.5 x 17.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1094. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1094.jpg)
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