Figure of a Captive card

Figure of a Captive

1973.2.298

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Ebony figure of a captive, with his arms pinioned behind his back and hands drawn up to the chest, the head is thrown right back so that the wig touches the shoulders behind. Probably representing an Asiatic enemy and once forming the handle of an object such as a whip or perhaps a whisk. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession no. 13960: "Ebony figure of a captive, with arms pinioned behind his back, and hands drawn up to the chest. Head is thrown right back so that wig touches shoulders behind. 3 5/8" long. 5/8" wide.". Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 26 June - 6 July 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 559/2: "An ebony Figure of a Captive, with his arms pinioned behind his back and hands drawn up to the chest, the head is thrown right back so that the wig touches the shoulders behind; 3 5/8 in. high; also a four-tube Kohl-Vessel, in ebony, with place for a kohl-stick, 17/8 in. high."