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This wooden mortar is decorated by finely carved geometric patterns and features two anthropomorphic heads bearing recognizable Chokwe characteristics including coffeebean-shaped eyes enclosed in large ocular cavities. The lower head, the face of an idealized female (<em>mwana pwo</em>), forms the body of the mortar. The upper head, turned at a 90 degree angle from the lower head, is wearing a headdress which extends behind his face. Resting on top of the upper head is the bowl of the mortar.
Chokwe (Chokwe (culture or style))
Mortar
1865 – 1875
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.205
Terracotta pipe bowl in a cylindrical shape. The body of the bowl is covered with 'spider-motif' decorations knobs. Another smaller, cylindrical projection—where the pipe stem would attach—is undecorated. 
Pipe Bowl
1900 – 1950
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.116
Face mask made of wood, covered in white kaolin; face has round, bulging forehead, deep set narrow eyes, small round ears, fiber beard, open rectangular mouth and pointed teeth; basketry weave that held mask on the dancer’s head is visible at back and sides; raffia attachment on top of head frayed and missing.<br />
Salampasu (Salampasu)
Mask (Kasangu)
1920 – 1960
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1971/2.44
A knife with a leaf shaped blade. Running vertically down the center of the blade is a gridded square pattern. The handle is also engraved with lines that wrap around the entire handle. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Knife
1895 – 1905
Gift of Asher and Vera Margolis
1986/1.207

Pipe
1900 – 1987
Gift of Douglas and Mary Kelley
1987/1.346
A pipe with a bronze pipe bowl attached to a long, thin wooden pipe stem. There is a small piece of cloth where the pipe bowl meets the stem. The pipe bowl is decorated with spiral designs. 
Pipe
1900 – 1987
Gift of Douglas and Mary Kelley
1987/1.347
Rectangular panel with brown hemmed edges. The bottom edge is frayed. The design consists of a geometric diamond grid with multiple lines folding into themselves.
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Raffia Textile Panel
1935 – 1945
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Lee
1984/2.56
Brown panel with hemmed edges consisting of repetitive diamond pattern with tan and brown lines. The bottom right portion of the panel is frayed. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Raffia Textile Panel
1895 – 1905
Gift of Mr. David Bernstein
1984/2.75
Cylindrical vessel with interlocking linear pattern carved on the interior of the lip. The body of the vessel is carved with interlocking chevrons and a fiber rope is wrapped around its neck. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Bowl
1885 – 1895
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1985/1.161
Cone-shaped cap with flattened top. The cap is stitched with black linear uneven chevron patterns. The bottom of the cap contains four symmetrically positioned flaps. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Titleholder's hat
1945 – 1955
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1985/1.163
A dome-shaped cap with alternating patterns of straight and wavy linear designs. Between the wavy linear designs are spaces allowing one to see through the cap. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Titleholder's hat
19th century
Museum purchase
1985/2.72
A full-body costume and mask depicting a human figure.
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Mask and costume (bwoom)
1955 – 1965
Gift of Marc Leo Felix, Brussels
1986/2.5A
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