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Grave Marker (Tumba)

The Kongo place stone figures called bitumba or mintadi on the graves of powerful people. The figures are unusual not only because they are carved in stone but also because they have striking gestures. This one is shown smoking a pipe with his head averted as if in a state of contemplation. His cap with four leopard's teeth, the beaded necklace, and the bracelet identify the individual as a chief.

Catalogue Description:
Male figure sitting cross-legged on rectangular base. Right hand rests on left knee; left hand holds short thick pipe to mouth. Head turns to left. Eyes black in color. Wears cap with leopard teeth, beaded bracelets, and a necklace. Condition is good.


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