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Neck ring (onlua)

Neck rings, called onlua, were prestige items worn by chiefs and other high-ranking members of Teke society. Made of copper and intricately carved with abstract geometric or floral patterns, the neck rings served as visible symbols of wealth.

Provenance

Between 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, year-end anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

African, Teke peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 27.9 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5352

Medium or Technique

Copper alloy

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment