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Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines


Artist: Anonymous
Date: first half 20th century
Medium: Wood and fur
Overall: 16 3/4 x 7 x 3 1/2 in. (42.5 x 17.8 x 8.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1976.84
Accession number: 1976.84
Classification: African/Oceanic/Pre-Columbian
Label TextThis Lega female figure is from the eastern part of Zaire, formerly the Congo. The holes in the chin were originally used to fasten strands of raffia. Source: Bulletin, March-April 1977.
Exhibition HistoryLos Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Sculpture of Black Africa," 1968-69 (circulated by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Wash. D.C. during 1970-1972 to: Atlanta, Georgia, The High Museum of Art; ~Ricdhmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts;~Austin, University of Texas College of Fine Arts;~St. Louis, City Art Museum;~Des Moines Art Center, Nov. 15, 1971- Jan. 9, 1972;~Huntington Galleries, West Virginia, cat. ref. p. 110, no. 124, illus. p. 111
Published ReferencesAFRICAN ARTS, Vol. XI, no. 3, April 1978, published by African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, illus. p. 79

NATHAN EMORY COFFIN COLLECTION, a portfolio of fifty selections from the collection, published by the Des Moines Art Center in 1981 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Nathan Emory Coffin , blk. & wht. illus.


REALITES MAGAZINE, August 1966, no. 189, Mango Bekombo (interview), "An African ethnologist unmasks African Art," pp.62-69, photo caption: T-square statuette of a woman from the Congo Basin, probably came from the Bwame initiative society; it is like Bwame ceremonial masks, color illus. p. 64
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