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Dan Yacuba Female Figure Liberia African Art

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Title Dan Yacuba Female Figure Liberia African Art
Type of Object Carving , Statue
Country of Origin Liberia, Cote d'iIvoire
People Dan-Yacuba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 20 inches H.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair cracks in body and in base

Additional Information:

A Standing ‘Lu Me’ Female Figure from the Dan-Yacuba people.

Sculpted figures such as this finely carved female figure commissioned by wealthy Dan or Yacuba men of some social prominence to represent their favored wife. These relatively uncommon sculptures are known as ‘lu me’ or ‘wooden person’ and can be up to 60 centimeters in height. They do not portray ancestors but are stylized portraits of real individuals closely representing the hairstyle, body markings, and physiognomy of the wife. These sculptures are superb examples of Dan sculpture and were often the work of well-known artists who worked in seclusion away from women and children as they carved the lu me figures. In some instances lu me sculptures are publicly shown to the village during a ceremony in which the man who commissioned the carving is recognized and by showing the sculpture of his favorite wife gains social prestige. These figures may also be kept in small houses and only publicly shown on special occasions. Her facial features and hair are well carved and shown in detail. As a mature woman of some standing within the society of her village she would sometimes have wonderful scarification on her forehead, breasts, abdomen and bands around her knees indicating her social standing and aesthetic sense. The figure stands with her arms along her hands resting on her thighs.

Dan women are recognized for their strong personalities, and this is evident in her stance and body form. This is a well carved figure of some significance and character and is a powerful reminder of the concepts of beauty among other peoples. Further Reading: E. Fischer and Hans Himmelhaber; The Arts of the Dan in West Africa, (Zurich, 1984) B. C. Johnson: Four Dan Sculptors: Continuity and Change, 1986.