figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Carved and painted wooden standing figure of a man who died as an adult. He is represented as a European. He is wearing a gold coat with red lapels and collar, trousers, a white shirt and a gold tie, black shoes and trilby hat with gold under the brim. He is represented in this way because a medium who had contacted the deceased would have ascertained that he wished to be reborn as a European. On a red plinth.

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