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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Magdalene Anyango Namakhiya Odundo, OBE
British, born Kenya, 1950

Date

undated

Medium

Burnished and carbonized terra-cotta

Accession #

2018.97

Dimensions

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Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 410

Description

Magdalene Odundo is drawn to art of the Mangbetu peoples from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She particularly loves the flared coiffure formerly worn exclusively by members of the Mangbetu ruling class. This elaborate, reed-reinforced hairstyle, called tumburu, has been a subject of fascination from the era of the Harlem Renaissance through today.

Credit

Gift of Samuel J. and Gabrielle W. Lurie