<em>Figure (Kareau)</em>, 19th century. Wood, shell, pigment, 29 x 17 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (73.7 x 44.5 x 64.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Museum Collection Fund, 63.57. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 63.57_SL1.jpg)

Figure (Kareau)

Medium: Wood, shell, pigment

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Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 29 x 17 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (73.7 x 44.5 x 64.8 cm)


Accession Number: 63.57

Image: 63.57_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Carved wooden figure with outstretched arms, open mouth and bent knees. The eyes are inlaid with shell and the lips as well as beard show traces of red paint. The figure is carved with a shell-like covering on its back and a hat which resembles a helmet. Its open mouth reveals a double row of square-cut teeth and a protruding tongue. The Nicobarese used the figure to scare away evil spirits. Condition: good. Left arm is loose at socket. Crack on left side of hat. Crack above each arm and down each side. The excellent condition of this sculpture is evidenced by the traces of original paint remaining on the face as well as the original shell-inlaid eyes.

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