Gigun in African Aesthetics

George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University

Examples of gigun -- a straight upright posture and symmetrical arrangement of the parts of the sculpture" (Willett, 213) which restricts asymmetry to minor details.

[Left: Ibo Queen Victoria; collection Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford University.]

[Right: Dogon figure of mother and child; 101 cm. high; illustrated Vogel, 17; Carlo Monzoni Collection.]

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