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Figure of a Female (Nyeleniw)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Bamana
MEDIUM Wood, metal
DATES 19th or 20th century
DIMENSIONS 22 1/2 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (57.2 x 15.6 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 76.20.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Bamana. Figure of a Female (Nyeleniw), 19th or 20th century. Wood, metal, 22 1/2 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (57.2 x 15.6 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede, 76.20.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.20.1_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 76.20.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Reddish brown wooden female figure with arms held away from sides and hands joined to hips. The coiffure is a high crest with an angular indentation at the back. The torso and head are quite angular in character. The breasts are conical shaped and protrude. Incised geometric patterns appear on face, neck, chest and front and back of torso. Encircled around left wrist are thin reeds - part of a native repair. The legs are far apart and set into the figure's own oval shaped base. The hips are carved as a flared skirt, visible from the sides and back, but not from the front. There are incised geometric designs on the skirt. Condition: traces of white pigment around legs at base, on torso and neck markings, and on head. Right arm was broken away above elbow and has been rejoined. A break at right wrist was also broken and rejoined. Both rt. and left skirt cracked and held in place by native repair with 2 large metal staples. Numererous checks throughout.
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