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Palm Wine Cup in the Form of a Head (Mbwoongntey)

Arts of Africa

DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 4 15/16 x 2 7/8 in. (12.5 x 7.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
PROVENANCE Prior to 1922, provenance not yet documented; by 1922, acquired by François Poncelet of Brussels, Belgium; 1922, purchased in Brussels from François Poncelet by Stewart Culin for the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Palm-wine cup of carved wood in the form of a human head. Concave neck at back incised with crossed hair patterns. Ornaments between eyes, at ears, and at back of neck. Slit eyes and pursed lips. Cup unfortunately sawed from pedestal below chin. Otherwise in good Condition: well patinated, shows signs of use.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Kuba. Palm Wine Cup in the Form of a Head (Mbwoongntey), early 20th century. Wood, 4 15/16 x 2 7/8 in. (12.5 x 7.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.125. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.125_threequarter_PS5.jpg)
IMAGE threequarter, CUR.22.125_threequarter_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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