Kulango or Abron Male Figure, Ivory Coast
Wood, fiber, shells, kaolin
height 18 3/4in (47.5cm)
Egon Gunther, Johannesburg
Private Collection, England
Standing powerfully upright in harmonious proportions, the tranquil face with bulbous eyes, diminutive mouth and beard, a crested coiffure balancing with the large rounded buttocks, a slightly protruding chest framed by diminutive breasts and arms angled at the sides with hands pointing downwards, the neck, temples, beard and coiffure accented with circular tattooing; fine, honey-brown patina with kaolin remnants; collector's mark 'ES 19' on outside right foot in white.