Homem com Cachimbo e Chapéu (Man with a Pipe and Hat)

Agnaldo Manoel Dos Santos1950/1959

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

Dos Santos’ work makes references to both Afro Brazilian and Catholic beliefs, but in many instances his sculptures simply represent what they are: a child, a head, or a seated figure. This work could be seen as an example of the latter, but the artist may also be alluding to the messenger god Exú, an orixá (or deity) of the Candomblé religion often depicted smoking a pipe.


  • Title: Homem com Cachimbo e Chapéu (Man with a Pipe and Hat)
  • Creator: Agnaldo Manoel Dos Santos
  • Date Created: 1950/1959
  • Physical Dimensions: 32 5/16 x 7 x 7 in.
  • Provenance: 1998, Bolsa de Arte do Rio de Janiero; 1998, sold by Bolsa de Arte to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund and Charles H. Bayley Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Wood

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