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unknown Kongo

Figurated Staff/Scepter

Early 20th century
Carved wood

37 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. (95.25 cm x 5.72 cm x 5.72 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.90
Other Number(s): 84-5 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Kongo, Congolese, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Central African - Nationality, styles, and culture of the people of the nation of the République centrafricaine.
  • ceremonial staffs - Staffs used primarily for ceremonial or ritual purposes rather than as weapons, for walking, or other practical purposes. For weapons consisting of a long staff of wood, often tipped with iron at both ends, use "quarterstaffs." For staffs used by regents as symbols of power, use "scepters."
  • Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Kongo - Style and culture of the group of more or less closely related Bantu-speaking peoples occupying the adjoining areas of Zaïre, Angola (including the enclave of Cabinda) and the Republic of the Congo. The Kongo area stretches from both sides of the mouth of the Zaïre River on the Atlantic coast, north to Pool Malebo (formerly Stanleypool) and south into Angola. The main peoples of the group include the Kakongo, Vili, Yombe, Nkanu, Woyo and Boma. Especially famous for their power figures (often referred to as ‘fetishes’), the Kongo peoples have produced a wide range of arts, including stone and ceramic funerary sculptures, masks, regalia in wood, metal and ivory, and figurative pot-lids. Examples of Kongo art are held by most museums with African collections.
  • staffs - Long sticks carried in the hand for support in walking.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

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

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0182438.

Comparanda List
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  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0021368.

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