Kneeling figure

kneeling figure
view: left
kneeling figure
view: front

This kneeling figure sits on a cylindrical base and is well polished and a rich honey colour. It shows a female figure in a prayer-like posture with closed eyes and evidence of filed teeth. The circular incised lines round the head indicate a cap. There is some damage to the left side of the base, and the ivory has several vertical cracks visible. There are also numerous horizontal incision marks visible down the spine.

Object details
Type of object: Figure
Type category: Sculpture in the round
Material: Ivory
Width: 43 mm
Height: 170 mm
Depth: 45 mm
Style/Period: Helen Coleman
Date range: 1800-1899 CE
Discovery site: Helen Coleman
Personal name: -
Role: -
Culture: Kongo
Record data
Artworld id: 10071
Current accession number: UEA 252
Former accession number: -
Credit line: Kneeling figure. Central and East Africa, Zaire: Kongo. 19th century. Elephant ivory. h. 16.2 cm. Acquired 1963. UEA 252
Recorded by: PC
Record date: Sun, 2nd Jun 2002
Copyright: Copyright© by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved