From: Zaire | Belgian Congo

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 77-4-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bapende
Provenience Zaire | Belgian Congo
Locus Nyanga or Mukedi Station
Date Made 1920's
Section African
Materials Wood | Grass | Pigment

Wood. Narrow face. Sharp features, prominent forehead, hair flattish with knot on top. Eyes and mouth slits outlined by sharp ridges. Beard long and pointed with sharp central vertical ridge. Beard edged with fine raffia. Paint: Red on face; white in hollows of eyes and lips; black outlining ridges on face; black and white triangle-checkerboard covers beard. Used in circumcision ceremonies.

Length 0.6 cm
Width 0.18 cm
Thickness 0.205 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Zelma G. Langdon, 1977

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