Wood figure. Texture/PatternUnit Essentials of Art. Wood figure sculpture requirements. Sculpture must be between 15-30 inches tall. Human form must be abstracted. Form must be vertical. Must contain areas that read as features or appendages.
Essentials of Art
Figure 34-8 Nail figure (nkisi n’kondi), Kongo, from Shiloango River area, Democratic Republic of Congo, ca. 1875–1900. Wood, nails, blades, medicinal materials, and cowrie shell, 3’ 10 3/4” high. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit.
POWER FIGURE-FIGURE USED BY A TRAINED PRIEST.
FIGURE EMBODIED SPIRITS TO HEAL, GIVE LIFE OR SOMETIMES INFLICT HARM, DIEASE OR DEATH.
EACH FIGURE CONTAINED ITS OWN POWERS.
FIGURES HELD IN AWE BY THE COMMUNITY.
EACH TIME A BLADE OR NAIL WAS INSERTED INTO THE FIGURE IT PRODDED THE FIGURE.
Figure 34-3 Reliquary guardian figure (bieri), Fang, Gabon, lat 19th century. Wood, 1’ 8 3/8” high. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.
HOLDS RELICS OF ANCESTORS.
ANCESTOR WORSHIP HELPS THE LIVING AND CROP PRODUCTION.
PROPORTIONS REFLECT CYCLE OF LIFE-INFANT BODY WITH ADULT MUSCULARITY.
FIGURE SITS ON TOP OF A RELIC BOX.
KNOWN ARTIST-OSEI BONSU
ARTISTS OFTEN LIVED WITH THEIR PATRONS.
FIGURE HELD BY MOTHER IN HOPE CONCEIVING A CHILD.
FLATTENED FACE TYPICAL OF AKAN PEOPLE.
KNOWN ARTIST-OLOWE OF ISE
LARGE SCALE POLE SCULPTURE.