Vessel in the Form of a Woman's Head

by 1928
Diameter: 30 x 14.6 x 22.1 cm (11 13/16 x 5 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.); Overall: 31.2 cm (12 5/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Vessels in human form were created between 1908-1939 for Mangbetu rulers seeking prestige items for themselves and gifts for selected European visitors. This vessel portrays an idealized image of a beautiful Mangbetu woman with her distinctive elongated head shape and elegant fan-like coiffure that were the fashions of the era. The balance and elegance of the vessel's shape and surface designs mark it as a masterpiece of its type.
Vessel in the Form of a Woman's Head

Vessel in the Form of a Woman's Head

by 1928

Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niangara area, northern Mangbetu-style potter

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