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Neck ring (onlua)

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Teke peoples
20th century


Dimensions

Overall: 28.3 cm (11 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5353

Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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