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Lidded Box

A work made of wood, pigment, and raffia cord.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and raffia cord.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Mangbetu or Zande
Ule region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

Mangbetu and Zande sculptors created a range of utilitarian objects decorated with elements of human anatomy. This lidded box features the head of a woman with a typical halo-shaped hairstyle atop a base shaped like the kind of stool used by women. The body was constructed by wrapping layers of bark into a cylinder. Members of the Mangbetu and Zande nobility used boxes like this one to store valuables such as jewelry and protective charms.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Mangbetu

Title

Lidded Box

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Wood, pigment, and raffia cord

Dimensions

H. 58.4 cm (23 in.)

Credit Line

Bessie Bennett and Edward Johnson endowments

Reference Number

2001.411

Extended information about this artwork

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