Male figure

Male figure

late 1500s or early 1600s

Copper alloy

John L. Severance Fund 2016.57

Description

Realized in a very distinctive style using the lost-wax method, this figure’s cultural origin and function is limited because it was exported from Nigeria during that country’s turbulent civil war of the late 1960s. Perhaps it was once part of an altar or shrine dedicated to a guardian or tutelary spirit. Connotations of prestige and wealth may explain why copper-alloy objects were diffused across vast territory and inherited over many generations.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Copper alloy

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