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Item Details
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Culture
Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hungaan, mid to late 19th century
Title
Male Figure
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
mid to late 1800s
Material
wood
Measurements
Overall: 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)
Description
Hungaan figures of this size served as guardians of ritual shrines and functioned in rituals to promote fertility, guarantee well-being, and ensure longevity. The striking crested hairstyle imitates a real coiffure or a wig, indicative of status and prestige. The hands supporting the chin identify the figure as a chief who is immersed in thought and contemplation, pondering over his responsibilities.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: African Art
Department: African Art
Gallery: 108A Sub-Saharan
Provenance: colonial official in the Belgian Congo, early 20th century; (P. Loos, Brussels); Mr. and Mrs. W. Vranken-Hoet, Brussels (early 1980s)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
2003.36_full.tif
SSID
24622690

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