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Lidded Box

A work made of tin alloy.

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  • A work made of tin alloy.

Date:

Possibly late 18th-early 19th century

Artist:

Senufo or Jula
Possibly Kong, Côte d’Ivoire
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

One of only two extant examples, this valuable box likely served as a Qur’an container. It is believed to be the work of an artist of the Jula (or Dyula) culture, an ethnic group of nomadic Muslim merchants who live in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. The production of such a refined metal object reflects the spread and impact of Muslim culture in this vast area of West Africa since the 14th century.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Senufo

Title

Lidded Box

Place

Côte d'Ivoire (Object made in)

Date

1775–1825

Medium

Tin alloy

Dimensions

H.: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

African Decorative Arts Fund

Reference Number

2018.361

Extended information about this artwork

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