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Date: 19th-20th century
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 24 x 2.4 x 2.7 cm (9 7/16 x 15/16 x 1 1/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Object Number: 2005-6-21
Search Terms:
Household
male
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 elongated human (male) torso on a long columnar stand on a small square base. Figure has a black polished patina.

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



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