Figure

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

Standing male figure wearing a wide-brimmed, pointed hat and holding a pipe or horn to his mouth with his left hand. He is wearing a long tunic, open at the sides, with a pleat up the centre of both the front and back. In his right hand he is holding a staff with three rings placed at intervals on the shaft. Over his left shoulder is a patterned bag. The ears are large and round, holes are cut for eyes, mouth is slightly open, and the nose is prominent. The chin is pointed. The figure’s wide set legs are long, thin and straight where they protrude out from under his tunic; his small feet are planted firmly on a thin square base.