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Vessel

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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Mangbetu Artist
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

ca. 1910

Medium

Terra-cotta

Accession #

2003.36

Dimensions

12 1/2 × 6 × 6 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 410

Description

This vessel’s form depicts the aristocratic hairstyle worn by royalty of the Mangbetu kingdom in central Africa at the turn of the century. In the early 1920s, the Belgian Queen Elizabeth photographed a woman of the Mangbetu court; her portrait was then circulated on the Belgian stamp, and images of Mangbetu women proliferated throughout the 1920s and ’30s.

Credit

Purchase in honor of Debbie Wagner, President of the Members Guild, 2002–2003

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