Comb with Face, Lizard and Cross-legged Figure (Yisanuna)
Arts of Africa
late 19th or early 20th century
5 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. (14.6 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm) (show scale)
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Bequest of Laura L. Barnes
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Yaka. Comb with Face, Lizard and Cross-legged Figure (Yisanuna), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, 5 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. (14.6 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, 67.25.34. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.25.34_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 67.25.34_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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Two pronged wood comb: prongs come from flat square central section the front of which has depressed square section containing face with forehead, crescent eyes, and 3-section protruding nose. The back has raised carved lizard figure with surrounding incising design. Perched above this is a seated cross-legged figure with hands to large beard. Figure and features in square below face same direction. Carving of dark wood stain, prongs lighter. CONDITION: Good. Chip at beard, knee and one prong.
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