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Bowl bearer (mboko)

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A kneeling female bowl-bearer called mboko is one of several important sculptural genres found throughout the wider area of Luba influence. Commonly placed before the house of a woman who has borne her first son, these works were also employed in divination contexts. This heavily patinated...

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Private collection, Belgium. August 5, 1992, sold by Marc Leo Felix (dealer), Brussels, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Luba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, late 19th–early 20th


46.99 cm (18 1/2 in.)

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Africa and Oceania