Standing Male Figure (Sigiti)

Unknownlate 19th century

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Carved lightwood male figure. Elaborate dark-stained 3-element headdress at back. Two side projections and a flat incised center. Pointed and deeply incised beard along chin. Oval face with eyes and eyebrows a sries of ovals, straight tappering nose, thin pursed lips, neck straight cylindrical. Upper torso with crudely finished hands and fingers at stomach centered by navel. Muscles of chest and arms indicated, flexed knees and prominent penis hidden beneath reed skirt. Flat web-like feet (toes represented) a part of the thick circular base. Under surfaces unpolished, high polish on head and upper torso. CONDITION: Good: Small cracks throughout. One large gapping crack at back from headdress to base, some native repairs. Small chip at tip of nose.


  • Title: Standing Male Figure (Sigiti)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: late 19th century
  • Location Created: Kongolo region, Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Gift of the Florence and Carl L. Selden Foundation
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/4802/Standing_Male_Figure_Sigiti
  • Medium: Carved, stained lightwood, incised, polished, woven reed
  • Dimensions: 17 3/4 x 8 x 8 in. (45.1 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)
  • Culture: Hemba
  • Collection: Arts of Africa
  • Accession number: 68.32

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