Drinking horn

African, Bamum peoples, Cameroon
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Cameroon

Dimensions

Overall: 13 x 32.5 x 8.5 cm (5 1/8 x 12 13/16 x 3 3/8 in.) Lender accessory (Approximately): 33 x 17 cm (13 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2686

Medium or Technique

Horn

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Decorative arts

Workshops that specialized in the production of title cups sold them to patrons throughout the region. The style and extravagant motifs on this horn suggest it was meant as a display piece, perhaps in the parlor of an important man or in the collection of a foreign patron. The piece features crocodiles (animals associated with rulers), the earth spider (which played a role in divination), the frog, and, on the back, a human head.

Inscription

white adhesive label with green printing on underside of base: "252"

Provenance

1970s, sold by an African dealer in Cambridge, MA, to 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