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Anthropomorphic Pot

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Terracotta
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 15 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (40.0 x 24.0 cm) Diameter of rim: 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1931, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large portrait jar of low-fired dark brown clay, cup-shaped elongated headdress spout, face and neck, and globular bowl. Headdress dentate-stamped with vertical and then horizontal marks, protruding perforated ears, slit eyes, scarified cheeks, flattened nose, V-shaped jaw with pointed chin. Thick neck ends in tied effect incised necklace just above the body of the pot. This lower section has incised and rounded crescent-shapes within which are dentate stamp markings. Handle from neck of head to bowl (back). CONDITION: Worn areas on headdress, which is chipped in spots. Otherwise good, exhibitable. Less interesting.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mangbetu. Anthropomorphic Pot, early 20th century. Terracotta, 15 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (40.0 x 24.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1931, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 31.1822. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 31.1822_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 31.1822_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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