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Mortar carved from a single piece of dark brown wood. The bowl is hemispherical with a square rim. The bowl is supported on the body of a woman in place of her head. The figures head is held between her hands. The figure is standing on a flat round base. The figure has scarifications on her stomach consisting of three straight lines and two pairs of curves above them; the face also has marks on the cheeks. There is a crack down one side running from the base up to the figures torso.


mortar (food processing & storage)

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  mortar (food processing & storage)
object name:  mortar

Kwilu River, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa, Africa; Zaire, Central Africa, Africa
Additional place information
made or collected:  Kwilu River 
made or collected:  Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Date collected
Additional date information
date collected:  1945 
Additional culture information
maker or user: Pende 

Materials & techniques
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
overall: 217 mm x 94 mm x 102 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 217 mm x 94 mm x 102 mm

Obtained by the donor from Kandale in 1945. Said to be old and rare.
donor:  Horniman Museum and Gardens  Undefined - 1968-03-14
Leroux, V. L. 

Related subjects
association: Food and Feasting
maker or user: Pende
object name: mortars (food processing & storage)
object name (Horniman Ethno.): mortars (general & multipurpose)

Record created 2000-08-30
Record last updated 2017-03-21

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