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Kneeling Female Figure (Arugba)

Arts of Africa

This figure was probably carved by Maku, the master carver of the town of Erin, or by Toibo, his son. The elongated oval head, set on a slightly curved neck, the stylized ears, and the incised lines across and below the half-closed eyes are characteristic of these carvers. The figure probably served as a receptacle for small gifts on a shrine altar, possibly dedicated to Shango, the god of thunder and lightning.

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 22 x 7 x 8 in. (55.9 x 17.8 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Mandelbaum
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CAPTION Possibly Maku, master carver of Erin (died 1915). Kneeling Female Figure (Arugba), early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 22 x 7 x 8 in. (55.9 x 17.8 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Mandelbaum, 82.103a-b. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 82.103a-b_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Kneeling woman figure, holding kola nut bowl, in light colored wood, with coiffure in blue pigment. Necklace with triangular shaped pendant suspended on front and back. Five bracelets on each arm, and a hip girdle. Elongated figure, with hips resting on feet, entire figure on oval base with cross hatch pattern. Sleek and well balanced. Five tiered semi-circles make up coiffure. Face has scarification patterns, eyes also emphasized with geometric patterning. CONDITION: Very good. Crack at base, check up the back and on right side of figure. Lid of calabash bowl (removable) was repaired.
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