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Stopper

Accession Number
1984/2.40

Title
Stopper

Artist(s)
Luba

Artist Nationality
Luba (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1900

Medium & Support
wood

Dimensions
3 9/16 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in (9.05 cm x 4.13 cm x 3.81 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Betty J. Lockett Memorial Fund

Subject matter
Stoppers of this type were placed in the top of a dried gourd used to hold magical medicines. The head, with its elaborately carved coiffure, complete the metaphor of the double gourd as a body. 

Physical Description
A conical stopper, topped by an anthropomorphic representation of a female head with elaborate coiffure. 

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
carving

Collection Area
African

Rights
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Keywords
hairstyles
health
traditional medicine

2 Related Resources

Medicines and Remedies
(Part of: History of Medicine - American Association of Historians of Medicine (AAHM))

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