The Mangbetu and neighboring Zande make beautiful containers like this one to hold such personal objects as jewelry, hairpins, and toiletries and to proclaim the status of their owners. Two interlocking bark strips sewn together with fibers make up the central portion. The elongated skull and fleshy face of the head at the top typify the Mangbetu style
Artform: African Art: SCULPTURE
Artist: Mangbetu People
Country/Culture: Democratic Republic of Congo
Period: 19th century
Date: 19th-20th centuries
Medium: Wood, bark, vegetable fiber
Size: Height: 39.37 cm
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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