Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Figure: Male

Date:
19th–20th century
Geography:
Republic of Congo
Culture:
Kongo peoples, Bembe group
Medium:
Wood, cloth, encrustation, sacrificial material
Dimensions:
H. 10 7/16 x W. 3 3/4 x D. 3 5/8 in. (26.6 x 9.5 x 9.2 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1963
Accession Number:
1978.412.475
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 352
A miniature ancestor figure serves as the underlying structure of this power object that has been almost entirely concealed under a thick crust of power-filled organic matter and enshrouded in cloth. The dynamically carved head whose elongated face features fine parallel striations, a pointed beard, and a sagittal crest, the tip of a knife in the left hand, and the feet, are the only elements from the figure that emerge out of this encasement.
[Aaron Furman Gallery, New York, until 1963]; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1963–1978

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