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A work made of rattan, wood, and twine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of rattan, wood, and twine.

Date:

18th/19th century

Artist:

Kongo
Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

Basketwork boxes decorated with interlocking geometric patterns were produced in the Congolese region and adjacent Angola well into the 20th century. Such containers were used for the storage of luxury wares including raffia textiles and ivory accessories. Some were exported to Europe as early as the mid-17th century and became part of the collections of royals and wealthy aristocrats.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Kongo

Title

Container

Origin

Angola

Date

1700–1899

Medium

Rattan, wood, and twine

Dimensions

34.9 × 55.9 × 26.7 cm (13 3/4 × 22 × 10 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Jamee and Marshall Field; Pauline S. Armstrong Endowment

Reference Number

2003.13

Extended information about this artwork

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