figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Standing wooden figure of a man, attached to wooden base. Figure carved in one piece, with arms hanging down free from side, and legs apart. Eyes and mouth recessed holes, and ears pierced. A large`V’ shape tattoo incised on chest. A piece of wood attached as projecting penis. The figure decorated with red and white plaited cane armbands on recesses made on the upper arms, brown string and white fibred tassels suspended from ears and from wrists, with two white feathers and two tufts of long red and white hair standing upright on top of the head, and a tuft of red hair on each shoulder. The figure is carved with a base, which is nailed onto a stand with four sloping sides. In the stand, on each side of the figure, are three long tufts of red and white hair.

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