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Date: Early to mid-20th century
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: H x W x D: 17 x 20 x 27 cm (6 11/16 x 7 7/8 x 10 5/8 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Object Number: 2005-6-130
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This bowl, which would have been used for special occasions, including the visit of important guests, is part of a wider regional tradition of sculptures depicting women holding bowls. Such imagery is emblematic of the woman's role as nurturer and as the ultimate hostess, responsible for ensuring a welcoming and hospitable environment in which to receive guests.

Wood seated female figure with a bowl resting atop her outstretched legs.

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

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