Palm Wine Cup in the Form of a Head (Mbwoongntey)
Arts of Africa
early 20th century
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Prior to 1922, provenance not yet documented; by 1922, acquired by François Poncelet of Brussels, Belgium; 1922, purchased in Brussels from François Poncelet by Stewart Culin for the Brooklyn Museum.
Palm-wine cup of carved wood in the form of a human head. Concave neck at back incised with crossed hair patterns. Ornaments between eyes, at ears, and at back of neck. Slit eyes and pursed lips. Cup unfortunately sawed from pedestal below chin. Otherwise in good
Condition: well patinated, shows signs of use.
This item is not on view
Kuba. Palm Wine Cup in the Form of a Head (Mbwoongntey), early 20th century. Wood, 4 15/16 x 2 7/8 in. (12.5 x 7.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.125. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.125_threequarter_PS5.jpg)
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