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Creator Name: Zlan
Creator Nationality: African; West African; Ivorian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Birth Place: Côte d'Ivoire
Creator Name-CRT: Zlan (Côte d'Ivoire, died 1960)
Title: Female Figure
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1950
Creation End Date: 1960
Creation Date: Before 1960
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood, fiber, pigment, cloth, metal
Dimensions: H. 23 in. (58.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1978.412.499
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1964
In Dan society, sculptures of women are prestige objects that reflect positively both on their owners' and their subjects' reputations. Among the most costly of Dan expressive forms, they are commissioned by men to honor an especially esteemed wife. The sculptures are conceived of as portraits of the women they depict, although this and other examples suggest an overarching emphasis on established Dan ideals of feminine beauty. This figure is attributed to the sculptor Zlan (d. 1960), who is known for elegantly modeled features and finely carved details such as this woman's elaborate scarification.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1978.412.499
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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