University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

African Cup [Object of the Day #69]

By: Gabrielle Niu

Wooden vessel from Zaire, Africa.

This wooden vessel, made by the Bushongo in Zaire, has a flat base and a bulbous mid-section. The handle has a carved oval shape and pointed ends which, protrude from the handle. The body of the vessel is ornamentally carved with small diamond shapes. The pattern formed by the diamond shapes is often referred to as “Mayulu” which, means the tortoise.

Penn Museum Object #AF428

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