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Human form is rearranged to become furniture fit for a chief. Observe how this woman's hands, feet, shoulders and torso are conceived of as flat rectangles. In contrast, her arms and legs swell in prominent curves. Her pose of concentrated calm-elbows on knees and hands on head-is one that is associated with wise elders, or people deep in thought.

Wood and brass
13 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (33.6 x 26 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection, July 29 - Sept. 29, 1984 (Washington, D.C., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Oct. 31, 1984 - Feb. 25, 1985; Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Apr. 6 - May 19, 1985; Fort Worth, Texas, Kimbell Art Museum, Sept. 7 - Nov. 25, 1985; Kansas City, Missouri, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Mar. 8 - Apr. 20, 1986). Text by Pamela McClusky. Cat. no. 3, pp. 14-15, reproduced.

Los Angeles, California, Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, African Art in Motion: Icon and Act, Jan. 20 - Mar. 17, 1974 (Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, May 5 - Sept. 22, 1974). Text by Robert Farris Thompson. No cat. no., pp. 100-01, reproduced pl. 137.

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