Ritual Head

A work made of wood, animal fur (contemporary facsimile based on period examples), and twine.
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  • A work made of wood, animal fur (contemporary facsimile based on period examples), and twine.

Date:

Mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Hemba
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

This male ritual head bears the crossed coiffure and regal, elongated face with arched brows and almond-shaped eyes that are characteristic of Hemba sculpture. The fur attached to the base of this sculpture is not original. This sculpture was possibly once kept in a basket or gourd and would have been used by the head of the clan to foster communication between the living and the ancestral realm.
—Permanent Collection Object Description

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Arts of Africa

Artist

Hemba

Title

Ritual Head

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1850–1900

Medium

Wood, animal fur (contemporary facsimile based on period examples), and twine

Dimensions

33 × 17.8 × 14 cm (13 × 7 × 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Anne Reisse Whipple and Jay Whipple in memory of Wilbur Tuggle

Reference Number

1999.378

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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