Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo
  • Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo

Anthropomorphic terracotta jar - Mangbetu - D. R. Congo

During the second half of the nineteenth century, when the kingdom was most powerful, Mangbetu aristocrats surrounded themselves with a wide variety of finely crafted utilitarian objects--boxes, jars, stools, musical instruments, and weapons. A distinctive tradition of anthropomorphic sculpture associated with Mangbetu culture developed about 1900. Although such forms predate the colonial presence, European patrons greatly expanded the demand for them. These works show the elaborate reed-reinforced coiffures and elongated heads once common among the Mangbetu, who in the past shaped infants' skulls by gentle pressure.SpecsOriginEx private collection FrenchSize26 x 12 cmDatingCirca 1980Material(s)Wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1970
Size
Ethnic group
Mangbetu
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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