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    Human figure, carved from single block of pale grey stone. With short legs, standing upright, leaning forward, face tiurned upwards, with hands clasped in front around upper part of a staff. Undecorated raised disc at right proper shoulder. Feet and bottom of staff emerge from base.

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    • Height: 26 inches (from registration Slip)
  • Curator's comments

    Christy registration Slip found by C.Bezanilla in E.Carmichael archives, 7/2001; description, drawing and dimensions. Not identified in CDMS location checks 1983-1991. Registration Slip found in 7/2001, with drawing and dimensions (with old location "EXH Bay 1" annotated). New search needed. (CIB/AMD,7/2001).


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    Purchased from W.G.Jolly, Manchester, in 1879, via the Christy Fund.

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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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