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Janus Figure

African Art

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Janus Figure

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Songye Artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

Late nineteenth–early twentieth century

Medium

Ivory

Accession #

2002.298

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

This ivory sculpture, now fragmentary—with two figures facing in opposite directions—likely once served as the central support of a neck rest, similar in form to the wood neck rest carved by the Master of Beneki, also in the High Museum’s collection and pictured on this website (2002.309). While neck rests made of wood are relatively common throughout Africa, those made of ivory are extremely rare and associated with great prestige.

Credit

Fred and Rita Richman Collection