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Stopper
Date: 19th-20th century
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 25 x 2.5 x 2.6 cm (9 13/16 x 1 x 1 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Object Number: 2005-6-23
Search Terms:
Human
Household
Exhibited: Healing Arts

The contents of gourds filled with palm wine or water would have been safeguarded through the use of these functional, decorative stoppers shaped as human heads and half-figures. The distinct, concave faces atop these wooden implements suggest the influence of the carving style of the neighboring Pende peoples.

Wood stopper composed of a human bust on an elongated column, with a dark shiny, polished patina. The column is of reddish coloured wood and is slightly curved.

Paul and Ruth Tishman, New York, before 1981 to 1984


Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016-ongoing



General exhibition, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., March 1, 2015-August 24, 2016



The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection Highlights, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., May 21, 2009-June 4, 2014



Echoes of Africa, Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, September 2005-August 2007



For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981


Vogel, Susan (ed). 1981. For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 228, no. 140.


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