standing male figure carved from board; carved on one side; relief carving at interior, appearing to represent bone structure and colored with white pigment; hole at top of head for hanging

Bioma Figure, 20th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Wood, pigmentexpand_more

The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  98.37.2

Bioma are spirit figures that were part of large presentations of objects in men's ceremonial houses, which included skulls of ancestors, enemies, crocodiles and pigs, as well as other objects. The energetic and symmetrical silhouette carved in low relief on one side of a red and white painted board is typical of bioma design. The legs are bowed to fit over one of the skulls on display.

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Title
Bioma Figure
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.37.2
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standing male figure carved from board; carved on one side; relief carving at interior, appearing to represent bone structure and colored with white pigment; hole at top of head for hanging