Skip Navigation

Standing Female Nude Holding a Knife

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Copper alloy
  • Possible Place Made: Belewale, Liberia
  • DATES late 19th or early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (21.6 x 12.1 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Copper alloy standing female nude holding a large knife. Incised scarification marks on her abdomen and chest. Hair arranged in three ridges: one down center of head; each of other two out from central ridge to area above ears. Herringbone pattern used to depict hair. Condition is good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Bwayen (We, flourished 1920s–1930s). Standing Female Nude Holding a Knife, late 19th or early 20th century. Copper alloy, 8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (21.6 x 12.1 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.221. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.221_front_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE front, CUR.22.221_front_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.