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Lid with Figurative Head

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Mangbetu
MEDIUM Wood, stain
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 11 x 9 x 9 in. (27.9 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Carved darkwood container lid: carved cylindrical center section vertical as opposed to two horizontal elements above and below (hat and lid cover). Facial area at center has protruding ears (perforataed), slit eyes with crescent brows above, and nose with nostrils which blend into cheeks; mouth a small puntated slit. Incising lines vertically at forehead center: forehead area below 'hair' line and above eyes of light wood. Back of this center section has 4 deeply incised lines. Female headdress (Tumburu) has wide brim (with split V at center), plain underneath but for crown and relief bow at top. Base as wide as hat and plain; rim incised. Beneath second level of lid, 3 small protruding wooden pegs. Bottom rim stained but center is natural wood: tool marks. All surfaces (except bottom) highly polished.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mangbetu. Lid with Figurative Head, 19th century. Wood, stain, 11 x 9 x 9 in. (27.9 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 68.33. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.33_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 68.33_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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