Box

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

Overall: 8 x 33.5 cm (3 1/8 x 13 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2579

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Boxes

The prestige items of the Kuba peoples of Central Africa are delicately carved and mimic many of the patterns found in Kuba textiles. Textiles are among the most commonly found prestige items and they are particularly important to the Kuba. The criss-crossing geometric pattern on the lid of this container is called nnaam, which is associated with vines.

Provenance

Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart