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mid to late 1800s
Overall: 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 2003.36
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.
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