University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:AF874
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Bashilele
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number:419 - Other Number

Description

Four pronged wooden combs; ends flairing outwards; handle is decorated with geometric incised design. Worn thrust into a top knot of hair, the nape of the neck and the front of the head above the forehead being shaved. A cord is tied around the base of the top knot. Very similiar designs are used in wood-carving by the Bushongo and the Bashilele. The latter are an independent branch of the former people. Similiar to AF875


Current & Past Exhibitions:

African Gallery ( Sep 2019) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] Curnow, Kathy. 2014. At Home In Africa: Design, Beauty and Pleasing Irregularity in Domestic Settings.. Cleveland. The Galleries at Cleveland State University. pg. 286 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 60/Fig. 4-19View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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