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Seated Figure

Seated Figure, Oceanic Art
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Seated Figure is an Oceanic Wood artwork created between 1850 and 1925. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Sculpture and Androgyny. SourceDownload

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This androgynous human figure is a beautiful example of the elegant, simplified sculptural style of the Caroline Islands of Micronesia. We know very little about why Carolinian seated figures were constructed, but in this case, marks on the wooden form show that it was handled extensively. Ancestor veneration was common among Oceanic peoples, and this figure may have represented one of these respected ancestors.

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