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Between 1990 and 2002, acquired by Alan Helms, Boston [see note]; 2005, year-end gift of Alan Helms to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006) NOTE: Probably purchased from a gallery in Paris or New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Alan Helms

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libongo peoples, early to mid-20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Image: 1.9 x 3.8 x 88.9 cm (3/4 x 1 1/2 x 35 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Raffia and fiber


Africa and Oceania


Fiber arts