From: Zaire | Kasai District | Belgian Congo

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF595
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bakongo | Baluba | Basonge
Provenience Zaire | Kasai District | Belgian Congo
Section African
Materials Hide | Wood | Tooth | Fiber

Standing wooden anthropomorphic figure, used as a charm; defined jawline; prominent brow; oval shaped open eyes; triangular nose with defined nostrils; opened, grinning mouth; in center of forehead there are remnants of some decorative piece, it is white in color-possibly a tooth; hairline begins at the center of the crown; hair is ornamentally carved with slanted rows of tiny raised triangles in the front and ten vertical rows of braids in the back; hole in top of the head; hole through side of head; long cylindrical neck; a piece of animal hide is tied loosely around the neck; prominent chest; shoulders protrude from the side; small tooth is found in the side of the upper right arm; arms bent with hands on the side of the belly; there is a tooth set in the center; directly above this is another piece of animal hide tied loosely; cloth materal (striped-faintly, green and yellow in color) is wrapped around lower waist, covering the legs; feet protrude from underneath, round base.

Height 20.3 cm
Width 6.2 cm
Depth 7.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number 13 - Other Number

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