Male figure

Jukun
19th–20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Nigeria

Dimensions

72.39 cm (28 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1996.384

Medium or Technique

Wood, metal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

The Jukun are thought to be descendants of the Kororofa, a regional state that lasted from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. For coronations of Jukun kings and other ceremonies, paired figures were brought from shrines to receive prayers and offerings for the well-being of the community. This embodiment of a lineage founder has abbreviated legs, hands on the hips of a cylindrical torso, and an overhanging facial plane marked by large ear ornaments and metal eyes. The surface of the hard wood is unpatinated and weathered.

Provenance

By 1976, with Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York; March, 1991, sold by Pace to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: December 18, 1996 and February 26, 2014)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel