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Standing figure Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood
Dimensions: 17.8 h x 6.5 w x 6.4 d cm
Acknowledgement: Max Ernst Collection, purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1875
Subject: African art
  • bought by Max Ernst from early 1940s;
  • by descent to his widow, Dorothea Tanning, in 1976;
  • to Douglas Ewing, New York, in 1983;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, October 1985

This small standing figure with large rounded ears came into the Gallery’s collection in 1985. Its surface is smooth and shiny. How would it feel to touch?

The figure is probably from Africa. It was owned by the artist Max Ernst who was intrigued by sculptures from all over the world. Do you think this figure has a tail?

Activity: With supervision, carve a small animal that resembles this little figure out of a cake of soap.

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