MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Standing Male Figure, (Singiti)
Object Name:
Figure, Male
Other Name:
Figure, Male, Singiti
Place of Origin:
Hemba, Republic of the Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 28"
W = 13"
D = 13"

Singiti: In honor of a recently deceased member of a ruling family.

Kerchachi, Pandrat, Stephan — P. 443. Illistrations, P. 677 — 678
Bacquart, P. 160 — 163
Standing male figure with large round head, hair design on back of head, protruding large round forehead, bulgy eyes with slit centers in large eye orbits. Long bent nose with flanged nostrils, protruding almond—shaped slit mouth, small jaw. Linear beard following jawline, small crescent—shaped ears, buff—colored cheeks, eyebrows, nose and lips. Long neck, small pointed breasts, boneless bent arms carved away from body. Flat back of hands attached to side of protruding stomach and navel, large phallic, heavy buttocks, short thick bent legs. Flat feet with toes on a cylindrical base, black patina over entire surface.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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