Mangbetu. <em>Anthropomorphic Pot</em>, early 20th century. Terracotta, 15 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (40.0 x 24.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1931, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 31.1822. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 31.1822_PS2.jpg)

Anthropomorphic Pot


Medium: Terracotta

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 20th century

Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (40.0 x 24.0 cm) Diameter of rim: 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm)


Accession Number: 31.1822

Image: 31.1822_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Large portrait jar of low-fired dark brown clay, cup-shaped elongated headdress spout, face and neck, and globular bowl. Headdress dentate-stamped with vertical and then horizontal marks, protruding perforated ears, slit eyes, scarified cheeks, flattened nose, V-shaped jaw with pointed chin. Thick neck ends in tied effect incised necklace just above the body of the pot. This lower section has incised and rounded crescent-shapes within which are dentate stamp markings. Handle from neck of head to bowl (back). CONDITION: Worn areas on headdress, which is chipped in spots. Otherwise good, exhibitable. Less interesting.

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