These are photos of one of my favorite wood carvings. It’s a statue from Africa, and it’s on display at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
I love how wise this figure looks! He pulls on a little beard and frowns like Yoda with a migraine. Clearly, this is an elder shaman deep in thought. It’s a perfectly-rendered image of a very specific human condition: vigorous contemplation of some somber vexation.
Sadly, it’s hardly on prominent display there. It’s actually in a small hallway in the lowest level, right next to a vending machine and an elevator. Alas.