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Old Bakongo Ritual Gourd

Tribe Dynasty

Bakongo

Country Of Origin

DRC or Angola

Region

Central Africa

Date

19th century

Size

18 cms (7 ins) H:

Materials

Gourd & pigment

Technique

Carved

Condition

Good condition

This deeply carved and robustly decorated gourd was collected by Catholic nuns before the end of the 19th century. It is believed that old gourds such as this were used for some ritual purpose. It would appear that the tops are permanently sealed and in some of them, there is loose matter.

Price

€100

Reference No

775

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