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Object Number: AF509A
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number592 - Field No SF


Crescent shaped. The boxes shaped like a crescent or a half-moon have, most of them, been used to contain the red camwood pigment .All the boxes of whatever shape were used either for this purpose or for the safekeeping of small objects. The five branched deisgn in the middle of the lid represents a harp. The zizzag lines on each side of this are called bisha ngila wild cat's back. The biscected lozenges are pasi, cowries. On the convex edge of the lid is seen nyinga, smoke (or lukata), on the concave edge, two forms of namba, knot. The convex side of the box shoes imbolo, a simple basket weave, and shamba, chequer weave; the concave side has tamberi koko, fowl's feet, bisha ngila and shamba. Bushongo, Kasai- Sankuru River, Southwestern Belgian Congo.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Evocative Images: African Sculpture from the University Museum (Traveling version of "African Sculpture from the University Museum") ( Sep 1988 - Apr 1990)View Objects in Exhibition
African Gallery ( Aug 1995)View Objects in Exhibition
African Sculpture from the University Museum (22 Nov 1986 - 08 Feb 1987)View Objects in Exhibition


[Journal] Torday, Emil. "The New Congo Collection" Vol.: Vol. IV, No. 1. : Page/Fig./Plate: 23View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1986. African Sculpture from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. : Page/Fig./Plate: 117View Objects cited in this Publication

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