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unknown Suku
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Double Lipped Kopa (Cup) with Pedestal

Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
Carved wood with patina

2.75 x 5.125 x 2.375 in. (6.985 x 13.018 x 6.033 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.42
Other Number(s): 82-34B (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Containers and Vessels
Culture/Nationality: Basuku, Suku, 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.
  • ceremonial containers - Containers having a primarily ceremonial or ritual purpose.
  • cups - Open bowl-shaped vessels, used chiefly for drinking, often having one handle, but sometimes two handles or none, generally on a low foot-ring; also includes similar bowl-shaped vessels, generally without handles, resting on a stem and supported by a spreading foot. Occasionally made with a lid.
  • investitures - The action or ceremony of clothing in the insignia of an office, or other ceremonial, official, or formal investing of a person with an office or rank, including the formal putting a person in possession of a fief or benefice.
  • patina - An aged appearance caused by environmental factors, acquired naturally or artificially induced; used especially with regard to a surface layer on metal caused by oxidation or corrosion.
  • Suku
  • woad - A natural dark blue colorant obtained from the leaves of the biennial Isatis tinctoria plant. It was used as a painting pigment in the Middle Ages. It is chemically and in color similar to indigo. To produce the colorant, the plant leaves were cut, dried, and rolled into balls (woad balls) to age for about one month. Then the balls were crushed to a fine powder, sprinkled with water, and piled in heaps for fermentation. The blue color deepened with the age of the plant, ranging from a light blue in young leaves to a dark bluish black in fully ripe leaves.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Journeys Through African Womanhood Bryn Mawr College , Feb 14, 2003 – Mar 28, 2003

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991


Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Marc Ginzberg, African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2000), 70.
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 372.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0154586.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 372.
  • James L. Gibbs, Jr., ed. The Peoples of Africa (New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1965), 441-478.
  • Igor Kopytoff, "Knowledge and Belief in Suku Thought ." Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 51, no. 3 (1981): 709-723.
  • Marc Ginzberg, African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2000), 70.

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