Possibly used for display purposes these figures were stored in the house of the Hogon. They were taken out of storage for funerals of wealthy men, oiled, dressed and displayed on the rooftop terrace of the deceased.
All of the artist’s trademark motifs are present in this work. The figure is composed of cylindrical and tubular volumes: legs, knees, torso, arms and neck. The feet are carved on the side of the round base. Tubular knees protrude from cylindrical legs. Arms at once hold a musical instrument while simultaneously raised in prayer with hands at the shoulders. The cylindrical neck supports a beautifully carved head with a carefully delineated coiffure. A labret decorates the bottom lip.
Several sculptures are known by this artist. A close example is in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut (accession number 2006.51.222) formerly in the collection of Charles B. Benenson.
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