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Ancestor figure made of wood with copper and shell inlay. Figure is shown seated on a platform with feet together, and hands on ankles. He wears a tall elaborate headdress with rolled side elements represented with rope-like inlaid copper. The same copper is heavily wrapped around each forearm. The chest, nipples, top of head, front of headdress, and edge of platform are inlaid with small circular copper pieces. He has a very narrow and pointed face, with lips and jaw jutting out, and eyes of inlaid cowrie shells.


Collected by the donor in Kinshasa in 1941.

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