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Chain with Figures

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Iron, wood, fiber, glass mirror, bird beaks, duiker horns, cloth, medicinal material
  • Possible Place Made: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • DATES late 19th or early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 21 1/2in. (54.6cm) Other: 21 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 2in. (54.6 x 16.5 x 5.1cm) Other: 1 x 6 1/4 x 1 3/4in. (2.5 x 15.9 x 4.4cm) Other: 2in. (5.1cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Two standing wooden figures, heads and bodies bearing medicine, attached to heavy-linked iron chain, probably from large power figure. Each figure has woven cloth wrapped around lower torso beneath medicine pack covered with glass mirror. Chain hung with padlocks, keys, duiker horns (medicine filled), bird beaks (articulated), etc. Condition: Mirrors broken, body cracked.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Sundi. Chain with Figures, late 19th or early 20th century. Iron, wood, fiber, glass mirror, bird beaks, duiker horns, cloth, medicinal material, 21 1/2in. (54.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1431. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.1431_front_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE front, CUR.22.1431_front_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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