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Cup

A work made of wood.

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

Probably early 20th century

Artist:

Wongo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

Owned by people of rank in the western portion of the Congo River Basin, sculpted wood cups are used for the ritual and social drinking of palm wine. This Wongo cup was rendered as a stylized human figure, playing on the notion of the human body as a vessel. The cup is embellished with incised geometric patterns, part of a repertoire of designs that are used on many different kinds of objects across the region, from masks to textiles.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Wongo

Title

Cup

Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1900–1940

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

H.: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2006.125

Extended information about this artwork

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