Colonial Figure: A Gentleman
West Africa
Wood, paint

H: 16.5”
Inventory # 10607

Colonial statues, commonly called colons, are a genre of wooden figurative sculptures that originated during the colonial period. Painted in bright colors, they often depict European colonial officials or Europeanized Africans. Colons represent a distinct sculptural tradition that originated among the Baule, but today are carved by a number of groups throughout West Africa.

This gentleman is proudly showing off his suit and hat. During the colonial period, Western attire such as this became a symbol of power and respect.