Figure of an enslaved African breaking free of his chains

wooden figure with a raised arm breaking chains that bind it

This full-sized figure is similar to other carved figures in the American folk art tradition. An enslaved African is represented in the act of breaking free of his chains in what may be seen as a symbolic gesture.

  • Carved wood, American, late 19th century
  • 1900mm high
  • Accession number MMM1993.170