This pose mimics a dance posture, and the sculpture was probably used as part of a stage set used by a popular band when playing to celebrate births, weddings, and funerals. The aristocratic high forehead and dramatic angling of arms and legs of this dynamic figure identify it as Brong.
Maker Akan, African
  • Female Figure
Date 20th century
Medium wood, gold, silver, and paint
Dimensions Overall: 24 × 14 1/2 × 7 1/2 inches (61 × 36.8 × 19.1 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Eleanor Clay Ford Fund for African Art
Accession Number 76.94
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View African N1BB, Level 1 (see map)
Jay C. Leff.
(Furman Gallery);
1976-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Detroit Collects African Art. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, April 21-May 29, 1977, no. 59.

Bulletin of the DIA 56 (1977-AR): p. 58 (ill.).

African Masterworks In The Detroit Institute of Arts. Washington and London: The Detroit Institute of Arts and Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995, cat. no. 25.

Quarcoopome, Nii. “Akan Wood Sculpture,” Bulletin of the DIA 91, 1-4 (2017): p. 104 (fig. 5.28).