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Staff (Mvwala)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, copper wire, applied materials
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 29 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4in. (73.7 x 3.2 x 3.2cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Ngala (Mbangala). Staff (Mvwala), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, copper wire, applied materials, 29 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4in. (73.7 x 3.2 x 3.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1134. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1134_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 22.1134_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden staff of polished hardwood, finely patinated. Surmounted by carved figure of kneeling woman with child perched on her shoulder. Figures measure 4 1/2 inches from top below which are 12 inches of carved small human figures, birds, animals, and artifacts. The bottom 11 inches contain carved conventionalized designs. This staff was cut down from a longer staff. It represents the top 27 1/2 inches of that longer object. Overall surface is worn. Object is cracked at the bottom.
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