Plaque

About this object

Narrative

Marcel Ollivier was the French Consul General posted to Freetown, Sierra Leone, c. 1960s-1970, during which time he purchased this collection of objects (2853/1-9). He later finished his diplomatic service in Vancouver as French Consul General from 1982-1986, after which he retired to England. The objects were donated to MOA at the specific request of Ollivier, via his daughter-in-law.

Physical description

A cast metal plaque depicting four male figures. The figures stand shoulder to shoulder, each with a helmet-shaped headdress and ringed neck decoration extending down to cross the chest over the ribs. Each figure has a uniquely patterned skirt decorated with, from left to right, dots, dots and zigzags, horizontal bands with dots, and a leaf pattern. The faces of the figures have prominent eyes and mouths, and wide noses. Shoulders are prominent and rounded, arms slightly bent and hanging down at sides, with hands flat on thighs. Shins and ankles protrude out the bottom of the skirts, and end in flat, forward-protruding feet. The rear of the plaque is concave behind each figure, and a metal ring for hanging is attached at top centre.