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Neck ring (onlua)

Teke peoples
20th century

Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 27.9 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Neck rings, called onlua, were prestige items worn by chiefs and other high-ranking members of Teke society. Made of copper and intricately carved with abstract geometric or floral patterns, the neck rings served as visible symbols of wealth.


Between 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, year-end anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift