lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial
lidded container with human head finial

lidded container with human head finial

Songo (Congolese, late 19th century-early 20th century)

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Collected by Mr. Castelain before 1911 in Rungu village, Bomokandi zone, Uele region, Belgian Congo; acquired by Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, in 1911. {1} By exchange to Morton Lipkin of (Lipkin Gallery Ltd, London, England) in 1974. {2} Sold to William W. Brill [1918-2003] in1974. {3} His estate sale (Sotheby's, New York, New York) in 2006. {4} Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2006.

{1} The registration number of the container was MCB 3370 (erased with traces remaining on lid, proper right, beside the sewing line). Information courtesy of Boris Wastiau, Curator, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, in correspondence, November 2006.
{2} Ibid.
{3} Acquired by Brill on 15 February 1974, as per letter from Lipkin in IMA Historical File.
{4} See Sotheby's, New York, The William W. Brill Collection of African Art, 17 November 2005, lot no. 115 (ill.)

Object Information

artist
Songo (Congolese, late 19th century-early 20th century)
culture
Zande people
creation date
1900-1910
materials
wood, bark, pigment
dimensions
A-C) 20-5/8 x 5 x 5 in. (installed)
A) head finial lid: 10-1/4 x 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 in.
B) container: 6-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 in.
C) base: 6-1/2 x 5 x 5 in.
mark descriptions
C) Inscribed, Pyro engraved on vertical side of base: Song DekVoi [have not translated "DekVoi" which is possibly a location or family reference]
C) Inscribed in white paint at outer rim of base, Brill collection inventory number: 578
accession number
2006.114A-C
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, The Beeler Fund and the Russell and Becky Curtis Art Purchase Endowment Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
African Art
colors

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