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unknown Sundi

Sundi Chief's Spoon

19th century - 20th century
Carved wood

12.598 x 3.74 x 3 1/8 in. (32 x 9.5 x 8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.114
Other Number(s): 94 (215) (Neufeld Collection Number)
215 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Food Processing, Preparation, & Service; Food Service
Culture/Nationality: Sundi, 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.
  • carving - The act of shaping, marking, or decorating wood, stone, or another material by cutting or incising, typically using tools such as chisels and other blades. It refers to this process as it is applied to small-scale objects or to objects that are not considered art. "Carving" may also be considered a sculpture technique that is employed in the creation of art.
  • 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.
  • figurative art - Art that portrays forms recognizably derived from objective sources, in however altered or distorted form. Includes but not limited to representations of the human figure.
  • spoons - Utensils consisting of a shallow bowl with a handle used for preparing, cooking, serving, or eating food.
  • Sundi
  • 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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  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996

  • Owner Name: Emile Deletaille
    Role: Collector
    Place: Brussels, Belgium
    Ownership End Date: ca. 1960's
    Remarks: Emile Deletaille gave Guy Van Rijn a photo of this object in the 1960's when he owned it. That is how we know it was once owned by Emile Deletaille. The photo is in the African Heritage Document and Research Center database.

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 215
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0022111.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Karl Laman, "The Kongo IV." Studia Ethnographica Upsaliensia XVI (1968): Figure Number: 31.
  • "Live Auctioneers." (Accessed May 16, 2020): Lot 495, March 21, 2015.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0022123.

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