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unknown Lega
Primary



Ivory Figure

19th century - 20th century
Carved and incised ivory with pigment

3.15 x 1.575 x 1.563 in. (8 x 4 x 3.969 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.134
Other Number(s): 121 (268) (Neufeld Collection Number)
286 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kivu & Maniema, Eastern Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Lega, Congolese, Central 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.
  • 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.
  • figures - Representations of humans, animals, or mythical beasts, in any medium.
  • ivory - The modified form of dentin derived from animal teeth. The most common example is from the tusks of mature elephants; similar material is obtained from any tusked or large-toothed mammal such as a walrus or narwhal.
  • Lega
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • sacred objects - Broadly, ceremonial objects that retain their sacredness in their present context. Sometimes defined more narrowly as only those needed by a present-day culture to practice their religion. For objects that are used primarily for a religious ceremony or function, but are not necessarily in themselves considered sacred, use "religious objects."

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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: Barry A. Kitnick; Gallery K
    Role: Dealer or Collector
    Place: Los Angeles, California, US


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The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 268
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0025777.

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