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Figurative Cup (Mbwoongntey)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, shell
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 7 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 15/16 in. (18.6 x 8.5 x 10 cm) Diameter at mouth: 2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Kuba (Lele subgroup). Figurative Cup (Mbwoongntey), early 20th century. Wood, shell, 7 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 15/16 in. (18.6 x 8.5 x 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1484. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE 3/4, CUR.22.1484_threequarter_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Carved figurative wooden goblet with large head, elongated neck, and very short legs. Inlays of white shell in eyes, ears, and half of back of head. Tongue protruding. Condition is good; loss to back of left foot.
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