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unknown Kuyu

Eouya Society Kebe-kebe Dance Headdress

19th century - 20th century
Carved, incised, and painted wood with pigment

21 5/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (55 cm x 15 cm x 13 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.113
Other Number(s): 92 (205) (Neufeld Collection Number)
205 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Kuyu, Congolese, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • kebe-kebe - Carved wooden figures, usually just heads and often attached to wands or staffs, or to the head of a dancer. Made and used by the Kuyu and Mbochi people of Congo.
  • Kuyu
  • painting - The application of paint to a surface primarily for protection or to apply a general color. For the application of pigments to a surface to create an expressive or communicative image, use "painting (image-making)."
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • A Curious Group; a cabinet of curiosities Bryn Mawr College , Apr 4, 2014 – Jun 30, 2014

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/17/1997

  • Owner Name: Philip Goldman (1922-2012); Gallery 43
    Role: Seller
    Place: London, UK

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 205
  • Carrie Robbins and Nathanael Roesch. A Curious Group. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, April 4–June 1, 2014
    Figure Number: Wood 10
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0013353.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "The British Museum Online Collection." (Accessed May 17, 2020): Accession No.: Af1954,+23.1117.
  • "Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ." (Accessed June 8, 2020): Accession No.: 2016.3.
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 118-118. Figure Number: C

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ." (Accessed June 8, 2020): Accession No.: 2016.3.
  • "Rand African Art." (Accessed May 9, 2020):
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 117.

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